Gossett was thrilled when he was asked to be part of Damon Lindelof's ambitious drama, which is set in an alternative universe where white supremacists target cops, superheroes are underground, squids rain from the sky and Robert Redford has been president for 27 years.
"They wanted me," he said. "It's a nice compliment to be part of this wonderful group of actors, especially my favorite actress Regina King."
Gossett said he is considering retirement from acting after this show, a high watermark in a career packed with great moments, from “An Officer and a Gentleman” to “Roots.”
“I”m still able to go to the bathroom by myself,” Gossett said. “I can count from 1 to 10, pet my dogs and eat properly. I’m very very grateful. I am thinking that I should maintain my strength I have and refocus on other things.”
Gossett loves how Lindelof has both the cops and supremacists in masks. His take: “We have to drop our masks for the mutual salvation of the planet.”
‘Watchmen,” on at 10 p.m. Sundays on HBO