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DARK MATTER -- "Episode Ten" Episode 110 -- Pictured: Alex Mallari Jr. as Four -- (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy) DARK MATTER — “Episode Ten” Episode 110 — Pictured: Alex Mallari Jr. as Four — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

When we were first casting the part of FOUR in Dark Matter, we cast a wide net – opening the role up to all genders and auditioning actors across North America. One candidate stood out for me in that early round: Alex Mallari Jr.  Unlike most of the other candidates who delivered colorfully threatening, often over-the-top takes on the “interrogation scene” from Episode 102, his performance was understated, controlled, and chillingly effective.

As we headed into the second round auditions, I had occasion to speak to Alex over the phone and prep him for his scenes (something I did for all the candidates, putting the scene in context and offering a character backstory to draw from).  I found him to be incredibly down to earth, well-spoken, and thoughtful individual…

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