Sunjata will get extra attention in the fifth season of "Rescue Me" (beginning 9 p.m. Tuesday) when it's revealed that Franco believes in a 9/11 conspiracy theory, a view the actor shares (see sidebar).
Sunjata has his own 9/11 suspicions
One of the more interesting, and controversial, storylines in the new season of "Rescue Me" revolves around firefighter Franco Rivera and his belief that 9/11 was an "inside job."
As it turns out, Daniel Sunjata, who plays Franco, subscribes to the same conspiracy theory.
"I was shocked that they added it to the show," Sunjata admitted. "When I saw the script, I thought it was a practical joke."
Executive producer Peter Tolan says Sunjata is "well read" and has "done a lot of research" on the topic.
"Obviously, not all of us buy into it," Tolan said. "But we thought it was an interesting angle and it was sitting right there in our lap."
In the second episode of the season, Franco delivers a two-minute monologue to a French journalist about a "neoconservative government effort" to control the world's oil, increase military spending and "change the definition of pre-emptive attack."
Ask Sunjata about these theories, and he'll talk your ear off. It's an interesting rant that, at times, verges on the convincing.
"I think this is something that should concern all Americans," Sunjata said. "And the fact that it's included in the show, without bias or slant, is laudable."