Thandie Newton and Chris Long

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Maybe it was that black carpet at the Arclight. It brought out the darker side of the cast and DirecTV execs as they discussed the similarities between the cop and criminal characters on the new series “Rogue.”

“It’s the concept of being cut from the same cloth,” DirecTV’s Chris Long said at the March 26 preem. “It’s a fine line they walk and it is crossed. You’ve heard criminals say cops are no different than us; they just carry a badge with the gun.”

Thandie Newton took a more “it is what it is” outlook of the “Rogue” characters’ morality.

“We’re all dealt cards that we play and I supposed it depends on who the stakes are higher for — the criminals or the cops,” Newton said. “I don’t like to generalize because everyone’s doing what they need to do to get through life. I don’t condone criminality but I do condone truth-seeking.”

“Rogue,” DirecTV’s first original series, explores mobster dealings that exec producer Nick Hamm says strays away from what’s already been done.

“We wanted to look at the way modern organized crime operates in American rather than it being an ethnic-based operation, which is guys in track suits eating meatballs,” he noted. “We figured it’s much more ubiquitous than people understand.”

If that’s a reference to “Sopranos,” Marton Csokas certainly doesn’t see his  character as another Tony Soprano.

“He’s quite an average person in extreme circumstances,” said the thesp.

“Rogue” creator Matthew Parkhill shared an interesting fact he learned while doing research for the show: “I was reading an article that said a lot of guys who are criminals now, when they were kids, they wanted to be cops. There’s a shared interest in drama that lies in those gray areas.”

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