In his first meeting with Riz Ahmed's Nasir Khan, lawyer Jack Stone (John Turturro) calls NYPD Detective Dennis Box a "subtle beast," the kind of guy who always nails his culprits, and without breaking any rules. But on the penultimate episode of The Night Of, Stone catches Box in a rare mode, tampering with evidence for no other reason than to help Naz (pesky inhaler!). It's riveting drama because actor Bill Camp is just like his character Detective Box: a subtle beast.
The showbiz veteran lurches through the Detective Box role with procedural instinct, a smart-ass tongue, and the heft of 33 years on the job. And it's one of his "nice guy" roles.
"I often will play creepy guys or mean guys," Camp said in a recent interview. "People I know who have seen the episodes are saying, 'It’s so nice. You smile and you’re a nice guy. You're a good cop.' I think generally, deep down, yes. But after so many years as a homicide cop, after all of the blood, all of the death, and all of that stuff you have to go through, I think that's had an effect on him. Dennis Box has the ability to play both sides of that card. He's not a super-nice guy all the time. It's that duality in him, where you're not really sure which side he falls on. This guy lives in death and murder."