Robert Knepper has a way with villainous roles.
The actor, whose racist, pedophile Theodore "T-Bag" Bagwell Prison Break fans loved to hate, keeps his evil streak going in the new season of Heroes (premieres Monday, Sept. 21 at 8/7c, NBC). But Knepper hesitates to label his new character an out-and-out baddie.
"People ask if he's a good guy or a bad guy, and it's more complicated than that," Knepper tells TVGuide.com. "You can't just put him in a little niche there. I love the mystery of it. I didn't even know when we started exactly why he was doing what he did. But he's definitely walking more in the shadowy side of life."
As Samuel, the Keith Richards-esque, earth-moving leader of a band of super-powered circus freaks, Knepper's mission is to bring a cherry-picked group of good guys over to his "family" on the dark side. "Samuel isn't quite sure why he needs all these special powers around him. He just knows he needs them," Knepper says. "It's the whole devil-and-angel sort of thing. We've all got powers; it's just how you use them."
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