'Grimm's' Silas Weir Mitchell follows the bread crumbs from 'Hansel and Gretel'

Silas Weir Mitchell, the lupine Monroe on "Grimm," enjoys talking about Nietzsche, Kierkegaard and Sartre.Mitchell's been reflecting on his studies at Brown University because he reads during his downtime from filming NBC's spooky drama, which returns for a second season Monday, Aug. 13."Kierkegaard and Sartre and Nietzsche were the guys I studied," he tells Zap2it. "I took a bunch of philosophy classes. Kierkegaard was right on the cusp of the religious-minded thinkers, considering individual will, the birth of existentialism, the transition of classical mentality to a more modern mentality. He asks the religious questions, which turn into the existential questions of 'Who am I? Where am I in the world?' To me, anyway, he was in the late 19th century and modernism hit with the First World War."Mitchell talks as easily about philosophy and comparative religion as he does about acting. He knew pretty early on that he was at home onstage. Considering his current...



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