Patrick J. Adams, who plays the genius-but-fraudulent lawyer Mike Ross on Suits, went to the Austin this weekend to take on the role of a 12-year-old bully.
At the fifth annual Austin Television Experience, otherwise known as ATX, fans gathered for exclusive screenings of TV series, panels with various casts, and other TV-themed events -- including the “Dead Pilots Society,” which presents never-produced pilots, as read by famous TV actors.
Adams visited ATX last June for a panel for Suits and also participated in a table-read of Dawson’s Creek. This year, the actor attended a reading of Big, a TV adaptation of the 1988 Tom Hanks movie, which was sold to -- and shelved by -- 20th Century Fox Television Studios in 2014.
Moderated by TV writers Kevin Biegel and Mike Royce, the Big table-read featured Ben Feldman (Superstore) as Will, whose wish to be older is granted by a mysterious arcade game called “Zoltar;” Ana Ortiz (Ugly Betty) as Will’s single, sassy mother, Mae Whitman (Arrested Development) and Colton Dunn (Key & Peele) as his best friends; Michael Ian Black (Wet Hot American Summer) as a smarmy Dr. Phil-type TV personality; Angelique Cabral (Life in Pieces) as his producer; Dule Hill (Psych) as the story's narrator; and Adams as WIll’s pre-teen nemesis Trevor.
Updated with modern references such as YouTube and “Likes,” Biegel and Royce’s Big was a breezy half-hour, as the cast sat at a long table and read the original script for a live audience of festival-goers.
Been in Austin 15 minutes and already shared a car with Tommy Schlamme and found Norman Lears award under the seat. pic.twitter.com/WtyZHAtyBI— Patrick J Adams (@halfadams) June 10, 2016
“It feels exciting, it feels new, and it feels like everyone's really grateful to be a part of [ATX],” Adams told USA Network. “I think because it's a young festival, it hasn't yet been burdened by heavy branding and so much ego. It just feels like people are here because it's a good opportunity to pitch their show and connect with the fans -- and also hang out with all these other people that they don't get to see because we're all busy shooting a TV show.”
At this year’s ATX, Adams also participated in a table-read of The OC as Mischa Barton’s character Marissa Cooper, the on-again, off-again girlfriend of Ryan Atwood and member of the “core four” in the first three seasons.
Check out our exclusive interview with Patrick J. Adams from ATX here, as he talks about the future of Mike Ross of season six of Suits!