‘Watchmen’ – King plays masked cop in alternate world

King gets physical – within reason

Regina King

Some actors stay in shape and aren’t afraid to do stunts. Others don’t have a problem having a stunt double.

Regina King falls into both categories.

Indeed, in her new series “Watchmen,” premiering Sunday, Oct. 20, on HBO, the Oscar-winning actress (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) has top billing as Angela Abar, a police detective in an alternate contemporary Tulsa, Okla. – and more than 30 years after the events of the iconic graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons – one that has no internet or smartphones and where Robert Redford has been U.S. president since 1992.

In this reality exists the Seventh Cavalry, a group of white supremacist domestic terrorists who wear Rorschach-like masks. So Angela, also masked, must combat them – which means there is some physicality for the 48-year-old Los Angeles native. But within reason.

“I’m a pretty fit person, and I pretty much try to stay fit all the time,” she told a recent gathering of journalists in Beverly Hills, Calif. “The good thing about ‘Watchmen,’ is we were working with the stunt coordinator that we’d worked with on ‘Leftovers,’ so he already knew my strengths going in. And I’m very particular when it comes to stunt doubles. I hate to see something where you’re like, ‘That’s a double.’ And so, they really took their time and looked far and wide to find a double that resembled me and she’s 26 years old.

“So, you know, I’ll be playing action women for about another – till I’m like 66.”

Full name: Regina Rene King

Birth date: Jan. 15, 1971

Birthplace: Los Angeles

Family ties: Divorced; has a 23-year-old son

TV credits include: “227,” “Northern Exposure,” “New York Undercover,” “Living Single,” “Leap of Faith,” “24,” “Southland,” “Shameless,” “The Boondocks,” “The Strain,” “The Leftovers,” “American Crime,” “Seven Seconds,” “The Big Bang Theory”

Movie credits include: “Boyz n the Hood” (1991), “Higher Learning” (1995), “Jerry Maguire” (1996), “How Stella Got Her Groove Back” (1998), “Love and Action in Chicago” (1999), “Daddy Day Care” (2003), “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde” (2003), “Ray” (2004), “Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous” (2005), “Our Family Wedding” (2010), “If Beale Street Could Talk” (2018)

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George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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