Lucy Lawless Likes To Watch Random Criminal Trials
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Lucy Lawless, refusing to be bound by her last name, watches criminal trials with an intensity that would make your Judge Judy-obsessed aunt worry. And when we say "watches," we don't mean she keeps up with crime news on TV -- we mean she shows up at court, in person, to witness the wheels of justice turn.
"I spend a lot of time in the courthouse of whatever city I am at," says Lawless, describing the buildings where the fates of men are decided the way other people might describe baseball stadiums or Margaritavilles. Lawless calls it a way to educate herself on what's happening in the communities her acting takes her to, none of which apparently have a local paper. She then goes on to talk about the various criminal trials she's seen with a fervor that suggests she's not far off from enacting her own bizarre crimes so she can follow the media coverage with knowing glee. "That was pretty intense," she said of a case where a woman was nearly decapitated by her husband but survived to testify against him in court. We're sure the woman concurred.
"Her tears seemed so lifelike. I should have her call my agent."
Lawless even hangs out with judges, bailiffs, and other court officials, attending concerts and dinners and rodeos with the people who run the judicial system because, to Lucy Lawless, life is apparently just one long reality show being hosted for her amusement. "You are meeting people at one of the most intense days of their lives. You realize, oh my God, life really is like that Thomas Hobbes theory -- nasty, brutish, and short," says the rich, successful, and popular actress as she wallows in human misery for her own amusement.
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She enjoys trials so much, she starred in one, where she lost $550. Pretty intense, indeed.