Originally Posted by shadyguy
I just got my S4V1 in this week and watched only the first two episodes, but really noticed that David Janssen looks really really tired and can barely make it thru the first episode.
Personally, I think that's the way it SHOULD be. He's been running around the country for four years, doing menial, heavy labor, getting injured, barely escaping - I'd think he'd BE dead tired by now. And in the scheme of things, Janssen WAS tired of the grind, so playing it that way came naturally.
There were no Richard Kimble action figures - he wasn't a super-hero, or really, even a hero. He was an ordinary doctor thrust into extraordinary circumstances. The narrator at the start of the final episode relays the tiredness:
How long can a man search before the search destroys him? To Richard Kimble working for a trucking firm in Tuscon, Arizona, defeat has never seemed so mockingly near. Months have passed - and the trail stays cold. There is no trace of the elusive hope he seeks. But sometimes hope lies no further than the next truck...
Naturally there's no excuse for the clichéd and tired writing of the fourth season, and it's been pointed out that some of his escapes are unreal to the extreme. But I'll never agree that David Janssen didn't give his all to the show. He played it "tired', because he WANTED to play it tired - because in his heart of hearts he knew it would be the final season, whether the show was wrapped up or not.