Malkovich signed on after reading the script for the first episode.
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Emmy-winner John Malkovich returned to U.S. television Friday as the swashbuckling 18th-century pirate Blackbeard, ruling over a secret Caribbean island while outwitting and eluding the English navy, in the new NBC television drama "Crossbones".Blackbeard was killed in 1718, but in "Crossbones," written by award-winning writer Neil Cross who created the British crime drama "Luther," he is still alive years later and determined to get his hands on the newly invented longitude chronometer, a device to navigate the seas.Menacing characters are familiar territory for the actor, who was Oscar-nominated in 1994 for his role as the psychotic assassin in the film, "In the Line of Fire," and won acclaim as the evil Colonel Walter Kurtz in the TV adaptation of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness".Malkovich signed onto "Crossbones," which was shot entirely on location in Puerto Rico, after reading the script for the first episode.
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