‘Bosch’ Star Titus Welliver Explained the ‘Risk’ of Starring in a Show Based on a Best-Selling Novel

by Leanne Stahulak

After seven successful seasons on Amazon Prime, Titus Welliver doesn’t have to worry anymore about disappointing “Bosch” book fans. He’s become the embodiment of Harry Bosch on the screen and in the audiobooks that he narrates.

But that was a primary fear of the actor’s when he first signed up to play Harry Bosch. Based on Michael Connelly’s series of books, the show follows the LAPD detective as he cracks down on criminals and toes the line of the law.

Before Amazon ever acquired the rights to the book series, it was wildly popular with crime fans globally. Titus Welliver recently revealed on “The Rich Eisen Show” how daunting that was for him, and to work for a relatively small streaming platform.

“It was a whole, brave new world in that regard,” the “Bosch” star said. “[We] had no idea what to anticipate. My hope was that it would succeed and then it would find its audience.

“That being said, our show is based on a series of hugely successful novels written by Micheal Connely,” Welliver continued. “You never know, particularly when you have a literary source… people have their own kind of prejudice, and it was very, very possible that people were gonna say, ‘I’m not gonna watch that.'”

Several book-to-film adaptations haven’t been so successful in the past. Just look at “The Dark Tower” or “The Time Machine.” But when they’re adapted into a TV series, these stories seem to come across much better because the pacing can be spread out over several seasons.

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Even Welliver admits to being skeptical of adaptations of his favorite novels.

“I do the same thing. I read a book, and then someone says, ‘Oh, they’re making a film out of that.’ And you see who’s cast, and you go, ‘Oh, I don’t wanna watch that, its gonna be a trainwreck,” the “Bosch” actor explained.

Welliver discussed how he “ran the risk” of representing that trainwreck for “Bosch” book fans. Though ultimately, he had nothing to worry about.

“People were saying, ‘Oh, it must be intimidating. And I thought, there’s nothing I can do but do my job,” Welliver said. “Which is to try and play Harry Bosch, the Bosch of the books. And either people will accept it or they won’t, so fortunately they did.”

It sounds like Welliver was always more of a reader than a television watcher, as he explained to Rich Eisen. When he signed onto the Amazon Prime show, he didn’t know much about “original series.'”

“I really didn’t even have Netflix or any streaming service at that point,” Welliver confessed. “I got a smart TV and told them not to hook up anything because it scared me.”

You can see his full interview with Rich Eisen below: