When it comes to nationally-syndicated crime dramas there’s certainly no shortage of sexy, physically fit actors running around chasing bad guys and saving the day.
CBS is trying to challenge that image with their new series The Inspectors, starring Kalamazoo-born actor Bret Green in the lead role of Preston Wainwright, a wheelchair-bound intern working for the United States Postal Inspection Service’s crime lab. The Inspectors airs Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. on CBS.
Green was raised in Kalamazoo but upon graduating from Western Michigan University, he headed out west to pursue a job in marketing. It wasn’t long before he knew it wasn’t his passion and made a final trip out to California to pursue acting. When he learned about the role of Preston, it was an offer he couldn’t refuse.
“The first thing that drew me to the show in general was the opportunity,” Green explained. “I had small roles on a couple of TV shows that I was really excited about and super grateful to work for, but this was a great opportunity for me to finally be a lead on a show.”
Green said that the role was challenging, but it was a challenge he readily accepted.
“It required not only a lot of physical preparation of being in the wheelchair and figuring out how to maneuver it, but there was also a psychological aspect to it as well,” Green explained.
The first 22-episode season is complete. From here, Green is only looking upwards.
“I definitely have an interest in getting involved in feature films,” he said. “The creative freedom when it comes to film is a little more prevalent than in TV. But they’re both fantastic and I’ll take any opportunity to do what I love to do and make a living doing it.”