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Emmy contenders: 'Manhattan's' John Benjamin Hickey is no physicist

Emmy contenders: 'Manhattan's' John Benjamin Hickey is no physicist

In his latest TV turn, John Benjamin Hickey plays the professor enlisted to help build the first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, N.M. The 51-year-old actor stars as lead scientist Frank Winter on "Manhattan," the 1940s-set drama on WGN America that centers on the people behind the Manhattan Project — the U.S. government's enterprise that birthed the first atomic bombs during World War II. When Hickey stopped by the Los Angeles Times on Monday, he noted there was a bit of a learning curve in playing the mysterious and uncompromising scientist in a believable way. "Remember physics? I was so stoned," Hickey joked in recalling his dalliance with the subject as...

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