“Bosch” star Titus Welliver opened up about what his character spent “a lot” of time doing on the first season of the new spin-off series.
And no, it’s not necessarily kicking ass and taking names. Instead, it sounds like we can expect many scenes with Harry Bosch… on the telephone. And reading, as Welliver told hosts Sean Clements and Hayes Davenport at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles.
“The show follows Harry Bosch after leaving the LAPD as a detective. As he gets his state license as a private investigator, you see him studying, cracking the books,” Davenport read from a sheet of paper. Clements chimed in, “A lot of it is reading, I’m told.”
“There’s a lot of reading,” Welliver admited. But then he added, “For some reason, this season I spend a lot of time on the telephone.”
It’s not uncommon to see several phone conversations during police procedural shows. Different team members have to communicate with each other, after all. Plus, private investigators like Harry Bosch could be talking to leads or potential sources.
Welliver said the amount of “phone acting” he did this season could warrant its own class. So the hosts asked him to explain, a bit, what really goes into phone acting.
“You just have to look interested,” Welliver replied. Then, he performed a demonstration for the hosts and audience members at the festival.
He pulled out his cell phone and said, “Bosch.” Then Welliver kept a focused expression on his face, eyes rating around every few seconds. He nodded a few times before saying, “Yeah. Yeah.” Then a pause. “Did he say when?” Another pause. “Okay, thanks.” For all intents and purposes, it looked like a legit phone conversation. See the demonstration for yourself in the video below.
Titus Welliver Says ‘Phone Etiquette’ on ‘Bosch’ Led to Intense Twitter Feuds
After giving the demonstration on phone acting, “Bosch” star Titus Welliver opened up about how his phone acting has actually outraged some fans of the show on Twitter.
“But here’s the thing,” he said after “hanging up” the phone. “Here’s the funny thing about it. There’s a lot of cats on Twitter that are offended by the phone etiquette on our show. ‘Nobody ever says goodbye, you just hang up the phone!'”
He continued, “And I’ve actually got sucked into Twitter conversations with people about this s***, and I suddenly realized, ‘This is the most banal, ridiculous conversation I’ve ever had.’ This is a cop, who is just on the move. Just give me the facts. Okay, got the lab reports, thanks.”
Despite how mundane these Twitter conversations were, they still made an impact on Welliver for the new show.
“But in the new show, ‘Bosch: Legacy,’ I made every attempt to say goodbye when I get a phone call,” he concluded. Maybe we’ll see a newer, nicer side to Bosch on the upcoming spin-off show.