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Reg E. Cathey key man in "Lights Out"

Reg E. Cathey, star of

Reg E. Cathey, star of "Lights Out". Credit: FX PR

The shoots were long, but veteran actor Reg E. Cathey said he had fun playing his role as shady promoter Barry K. Word in the new FX series "Lights Outs".

The show premieres Tuesday, January 11 on the FX channel and will run for 13 weeks.

Cathey admitted he wasn't much of boxing fan prior to winning the role, but he recalled taking trips to Las Vegas for some of the sport's biggest bouts.

"I took HBO junkets to Vegas for some of the big fights," said Cathey. "I saw Bowe vs. Holyfield."

Cathy credited Charles S. Dutton for getting him ready for his role. In fact, Cathey said he playfully sparred with Dutton.

"All it took was one body shot from Dutton and that was it for me," Cathey joked.

As for his role, some will think Cathey is trying to emulate Don King.

"No one can be Don King," he said.


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