When people think of actor Dean Norris one of the first things that comes to mind is imposing man and the thought of him as DEA agent Hank Schraeder in the critically acclaimed show "Breaking Bad". However he has moved on from that show and is currently providing an exceptional acting performance in the television show "Under the Dome" as "Big Jim" Rennie, a local councilman of a community trapped under a dome and faced with the problem of too many people, too little food and he being faced with solving the situation proposes an extreme solution to the problem.
Dean Norris is superb in the role because he possess the rare acting skill of being the person "who could be both larger than life and also be the guy who could sell anybody a used car and likewise sell anybody as a politician anything he wants to sell them. He brings humour, feelings and a depth of humanity to his roles and is able to show audiences the different sides of a character that make them have empathy and appreciate his character who on the surface most would view as a very unlikable character.
He is viewed by many entertainment insiders as one of the best dramatic actors in the business because with every character he treats the role similar to an onion and keeps revealing the different dimensions and layers of the individual.
Dean Norris looks at "Big Jim" as a character who feels that he is taking the steps to make things work for his community and if it requires him to do some evil things than c'est la vie. What he has done with this character in "Under the Dome" is put forth an exceptional acting performance as he does what ever actor strives to do which is to get the audience to think and talk about the character and fight with themselves over whether "Big Jim" is all bad or good and bad.