Daniel Sunjata interviewed by Eric Deggans, media critic of the St. Petersburg Times.
The interview appears on TampaBay.com on his blog entitled "The Feed." 4/6/09
April 06, 2009
Lemonade from lemons: How Rescue Me producers turned Daniel Sunjata's
wild-eyed 9/11 conspiracy thoeries into compelling drama
It was an uncomfortable moment, even for guys who make a living spinning tough drama out of fart jokes and sex talk. But when critics asked the minds behind FX's blockbuster firefighter drama Rescue Me about the inspiration for a storyline where one of the guys insists the 9/11 terrorist attacks was an inside job, they simply pointed to castmember Daniel Sunjata. That's because Sunjata, a buff, accomplished actor who has played everyone from Reggie Jackson to Langston Hughes, actually believes a faction in the American government pulled off the attack.
"There’s alternative theories about what really happened on 9/11," he told TV critics in January. "They’re not discussed a lot in the press. And I think that the way the show addresses the issue is going to be socio-politically provocative in a way that — you know, not that the show has lacked that – not been provocative in the past, but in – specifically in dealing with 9/11, I think it’s going to be more so than it ever has been before, and I’m really gratified that they allowed that to be focused through my character, because I happen to subscribe to a lot of those theories and beliefs that 9/11 was an inside job."