Lee Pace, star of AMC's 1983-set ''Halt and Catch Fire,'' flashes back to the Reagan era for his pop culture faves

By James Hibberd
May 23, 2014 at 04:00 AM EDT

Halt and Catch Fire, June 1
Lee Pace plays a seductive computer salesman on AMC’s new drama series Halt and Catch Fire, set in 1983 Texas. Pace was just 4 years old at the time, and his family bounced around the globe following his oilman father. By decade’s end, they’d landed in Houston and caught up on American pop culture. Here are Pace’s touchstones from the era.

New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies. I listen to that one again and again. You could play the album from beginning to end today and think it was recorded yesterday.”

”Who didn’t like ALF? I remember sitting around watching that and all those Friday-night TGIF comedies with my family, like Perfect Strangers.”

9 1/2 Weeks. That’s one of the coolest movies and one of my inspirations for this show. I watched it with [costar Mackenzie Davis]. It gave me a sense of what our relationship could be like — very sexy and powerful.”

”It’s all about the first ones you really play. Those first experiences are the most memorable, playing round after round and you’re glued to the machine. I remember playing Battleships on the Commodore 64 with my cousin, and [Atari’s] Adventure until 3 a.m. with my friends.”

Skidz, those parachute pants. I owned bright yellow caution-tape ones. I thought they were the coolest thing in junior high. They’re totally comfortable and easy to get on and off. Why not bring those back?”