From Etan Vlessing of Playback:
Blackstone and the puzzle of Canadian drama authenticity
John Cassini recalls his first day playing a detective in Blackstone, the APTN drama about the darker side of a First Nations reserve. The Vancouver actor, who played cops in earlier Canadian dramas like Intelligence, Shattered and DaVinci’s Inquest, asked on set whether his detective badge should be pinned on, flashed or just left hanging on his belt to let everyone know he’s laying down the law. “They chuckled and then told me a white guy on a reserve and in a suit – everyone knows you’re a cop,” Cassini recalls. Continue reading.