Every week, you have a new movie,” enthuses Adam Beach, who is about to take his place as a Law & Order: SVU regular. On the NBC series’ season 8 finale (May 22 at 10 p.m.), Beach’s Chester Lake — an insomniac detective of Native American descent who first appeared in an episode last January — will become the unit’s newest investigator. Also this month, the Canuck stars as a Sioux doctor in HBO’s historical epic Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (May 27 at 9 p.m.). But Beach, 34, who first caught fire as the troubled young man in the 1998 indie Smoke Signals and even sparked Oscar buzz as a soldier in the 2006 World War II epic Flags of Our Fathers, doesn’t worry about being typecast. ”I understand that I can’t play King Henry V or Nelson Mandela,” says the Saulteaux Indian. One bonus: He didn’t need to do any research for Wounded Knee. ”That part of history is embedded in all Native American people. It’s like identifying who you are.”
Posted May 11 2007 — 12:00 AM EDT
- WATCH: Danny McBride teases Neal's redemption on 'Vice Principals'
- Will Forte teases 'Last Man on Earth' season 3: 'New... Malibu... Death'
- Comic-Con 2016: 5 things to know from 'Riverdale' pilot
- WATCH: Sigourney Weaver thought she 'f---ed up' iconic 'Aliens' line
- WATCH: 'The Originals' cast discusses the 5-year time jump
- WATCH: 'Once Upon a Time' star: 'We're all facing our own baggage'
- WATCH: 'Lucifer' cast says Mom is 'hell-bent on revenge'