Cole Hauser on K-Ville
By Fred Topel | Image property of Fox.
Cops have a tough job everywhere, but especially in New Orleans, they have to adapt to the ever changing conditions. Since Hurricane Katrina, NOPD has had to deal with a different sort of criminal. K-Ville will show how two cops deal with the current situation. Cole Hauser has been spending time with the local law enforcement for research.
Interview: Cole Hauser on K-Ville
"They do things differently in New Orleans, different than around the country as far as the cops I've been around, whether it be New York or Los Angeles," said Hauser. "It's just a different style. As far as playing characters that are cops in New Orleans, it's the best kind of cop you can play. The fact is that in doing things different and being around and just the actual place that we're at in the French Quarter and dealing with Louisiana and Ninth Ward, New Orleans East and seeing the things that these guys go through."
The local SWAT team has taken the actors around on their missions. "I've gone on several ride-along. I SWAT trained. Troy Smith, Jeff Wynn, captain of the SWAT team, they've taken us and basically just gone, 'Anything and everyone for you.' It's a really nice feeling. The fact is that the police are just taking us and the stuff that we've seen firsthand is mind-blowing. I don't know if you can put it on television to be honest with you. This show is about being on the street and dealing with people and about partners and about two different people, two different lives. Cobb and Boulet come from completely different places, yet they're from the same place."
Even in good times, New Orleans presents a different kind of perp. "It's the people they're dealing with. You have to understand like the French Quarter, everybody thinks New Orleans is the French Quarter. You go down there, everybody is drinking, you're talking about a city that is partying 24/7 and the people that they're dealing with, the perps that they're dealing with, most people are either on drugs in that quarter or drinking out of their mind. So the people that they're dealing with are just, pardon the expression, but out of their minds drunk."
Add Katrina to that, and the criminal element is even more desperate. "On top of it, the situation that New Orleans is in as far as out side of the Quarter, there are no job opportunities. There are people who are basically having to fend for themselves almost like animals. So the killings that are happening in New Orleans east in the places like Iberville Parish, you're talking about communities that have no schools, no McDonald's, no Burger King, no Wal-Mart, no Taco Bell. Everything is gone. So these people are out there basically and it's survival of the fittest. When you're a police office and you're having to deal with that kind of emotion with people, you're going to go through certain things."
Hauser related one unique experience. "We saw some unbelievable stuff as far as just how people are. There was a guy who had pants on, who had drugs in his pocket. The cops said to him, 'What is this?' And he goes, 'These are my pants.' He's wearing his pants. I'm like, is this guy serious? Those are the characters they're dealing with down there."
The cops also have to deal with time apart from their families. "A lot of these guys are working so hard just to make money and do overtime and stuff that they're not really around their families a lot because of the amount of work they have to do to actually survive down there, and as police officers."
K-Ville airs Mondays on Fox.
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