(Cover) - EN Movies - David Strathairn thinks science fiction is “an amazing medium”.

The Oscar nominated-actor is famed for his roles in films such as Good Night, and Good Luck and The River Wild.

David has recently turned his hand to science fiction and is starring as Dr. Lee Rosen in Syfy’s new television series Alphas.

The star says he took inspiration from The Twilight Zone author Rod Sterling and Battlestar Galactica.

“I find science fiction an amazing medium, especially when it comes true. Our world seems to be bordering on science fiction in many ways,” he said in an interview with SFX magazine.

“Rod Sterling was my main reference to sci-fi before Alphas, that and Battlestar Galactica, which I found really impressive. It was really very intelligent and entertaining, thought-provoking too.

“With Alphas I thought, ‘Wow, if we can come up to that level, I’ll be lucky to be on board.’”

Alphas follows a group of people with superhuman abilities who work to prevent crimes committed by other people of the same kind.

David thinks the concept is a very intelligent one.

“Alphas feels ground-breaking in dealing with people who have particular neurological conditions,” he explained.

“Gary for example – to have a character of that scope, who falls somewhere on the autism-Asperger’s spectrum, and to make him a full and realised character, I think that’s great.”

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