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"The Fugitive," 1993's smash hit thriller starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, was based on the popular ABC-TV series (1963-67) starring David Janssen, and became one of the highest-grossing movies in Warner Bros

"The Fugitive," 1993's smash hit thriller starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones, was based on the popular ABC­TV series (1963­67) starring David Janssen, and became one of the highest­grossing movies in Warner Bros. history.

Oscar­winning filmmaker Arnold Kopelson ("Platoon"), who produced "The Fugitive," returns with Anne Kopelson to produce the new thriller. He defines the film's appeal by saying, "'U.S. Marshals' provides the excitement of 'The Fugitive' with a few new twists and turns. Tommy Lee Jones is at his best and the audience will once again have fun with his team of deputies."

"We wanted to create something new and different on this film," Tommy Lee Jones offers. "You want to recreate the experience of the first movie while creating something original. We used the same characters, so the challenge was to do something new and different to the original idea every day on this set."

Jones emphasizes, "While Gerard's motivation in the first movie was to do his job and do it well, the chase here becomes more personal toward the end. Gerard is a character who cares a great deal about the people he works with, and when one (of those people) gets hurt, he blames the fellow he's chasing for it. And we do have a very fine actor named Wesley Snipes to chase."

"One interesting dynamic of this film, compared to the first one, is that you're really not sure whose side (the fugitive) is on," Snipes relates about playing the role of Sheridan, the fugitive.

Snipes developed his interpretation by talking with some real­life U.S. Marshals. "I called a guy who is ex­C.I.A. to find out about the mentality of a man whose job is to assassinate people but is supposed to be like a shadow warrior. his preparations for the inevitable, and what kind of precautions he must take to survive in his profession."

While Snipes was looking for a role "where I wasn't necessarily the lead," he also grabbed the opportunity to reunite with producer Kopelson (for whom he starred last year in "Murder at 1600") and director Stuart Baird. "I worked with Stuart (when he edited) 'Demolition Man,' so I was familiar with him. I have great respect for his talent as an editor, and my respect grew for him as a director, too."

Snipes also found another welcome reunion on "U.S. Marshals"­­that with co­star Robert Downey, Jr., with whom he recently shared the screen in Mike Figgis' film "One Night Stand." "We just worked together last year," Downey notes. "It was real comforting to be back with Wes again. It was also great to be back with Tommy, from 'Natural Born Killers."'

The character of John Royce, played by Downey, adds another enigma to the story, representing an unknown presence on the Marshals' team, who may or may not have loyalties to another government agency.

"We're chasing this fugitive, and John Royce is placed on our team by the federal authorities to help us catch our prey," Jones explains. "At first, the deputy marshals are not happy to welcome him on their team. But they get to know him better as the movie goes on."

"He's a DSS (Diplomatic Security Service) agent," Downey adds, "a likable guy, who has to insinuate himself into the acceptan

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