As FBI agent Mark Benford, Joseph Fiennes anchors FlashForward.
The character is connected to almost every other mainstay on the ABC drama: he's married to Olivia; he's partners with Demetri; he's friends with Aaron.
The actor, meanwhile, is simply excited that his first starring role on the small screen is part of a show that is receiving such positive reviews. In a recent interview, he spoke on the appeal of FlashForward, specifically the conflict between characters:
"There's this impending doom. They seem to judge each other before these dates arrive. There's no absolute. It's not set in stone that [the future everyone flashes forward to] would happen. So I love the conflict element.”
Without giving away any significant FlashForward spoilers, Fiennes also touches on the cool, unique premise (in which everyone blacks out, sees a version of their future and then wakes up):
“I’m attracted to the idea that if you were to pursue, to either embrace and make the future happen as you saw it, because we've got to understand there's a lot of positive flash forwards, and if you try to avoid your negative flash forwards, that if you build a strategy in which to either embrace or reject it, that it could absolutely bring about it in a sort of self-fulfilling-prophecy way. So I love that.”
The show premieres on September 24 on ABC.