Actor Josh Charles Visits Facility

Could Charles supplant Edward Norton as Baltimore’s celebrity actor/sports nut?

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Josh Charles and Haloti Ngata

Actor Josh Charles once turned down a role in an independent film because they wanted to shoot on Sundays. There was no way he was going to let it interfere with his Ravens schedule.

That’s how big a fan the Baltimore native is.

“A fan from the inception,” said Charles, who currently plays Will Gardner on CBS’ legal drama, “The Good Wife” opposite Juliana Margulies of “ER” fame. ¬†Charles also starred in the TV show, “Sports Night,” and worked on movies such as “Dead Poets Society,” “Four Brothers,” and “Hairspray.”

Charles got a thrill Wednesday as he visited the Ravens’ training facility.

He met quarterback Joe Flacco, chatted with defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, hugged it out with linebacker Ray Lewis, was startled by linebacker Terrell Suggs and shook hands with General Manager Ozzie Newsome.

Charles said meeting fellow celebrities in the film and television business is one thing, but appreciating somebody who excels in a different field is especially exciting.

“It’s fun for me to see them in the flesh,” Charles said. “I’m 15 years older than Joe [Flacco], yet I felt like a little kid a little bit. He’s my quarterback on my team.”

Charles reminisced with Lewis about attending the Ravens’ inaugural game in 1996. Charles remembered thinking Lewis was going to be special after the rookie linebacker notched an interception in his debut.

Charles’ father has Ravens season tickets and his son, who now resides in New York City, frequently attends. In 2006, he was a celebrity sideline reporter for the Ravens.

“If I can make it, I will make it,” Charles said. “The weekends for me are about relaxing and rooting for my team. It connects me back home.”

Charles could very well turn into Baltimore’s next actor/sports fan. Edward Norton has been known to don a Baltimore Orioles hat in his movies, but he actually hails from Columbia, Md. Charles grew up in Baltimore City until he was 16.

Charles, who knows Norton, laughed at the designation.

“Hey, you said it, not me,” he said.

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