After eight years of seeing his face reflected in a knife blade across the buses of Los Angeles and New York, in his role as blood-spatter analyst/serial killer Dexter Morgan, Michael C. Hall is finding it nice to talk about a different character. His role in the beat generation drama ”Kill Your Darlings” is the least known figure in a largely forgotten murder scandal that engulfed the proto-beats, and perhaps even fashioned them into the movement we now recognise.
“I knew the story beforehand quite well myself,” says Hall, who is just back from Bangladesh and suffering a dose of jet lag that occasionally manifests itself in the form of long, spacey pauses, for which he apologises. “I was surprised no one had ever made a movie of it beforehand. There was remarkably little known about David Kammerer, considering what happened to him, but there was enough there for me to build upon when it came to filling in the blanks, of which there were quite a few. I did what I could with research and information about the times. There were real-time entries in Ginsberg’s diaries – meeting Kammerer for the first time.”
The Showtime series “Dexter” was always a difficult show to do interviews for because secrecy was key and the cast and creative team did their best to keep things under wraps. During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Yvonne Strahovski opened up about her time on the show and what it was like to play Hannah McKay on the final two seasons. She talked about how much she was told about her character’s journey ahead of time, her reaction to her character’s fate, what she thinks might have happened to Hannah next, what stands out most about the time she spent on the show, what her last scene with Michael C. Hall was like, how the support of the Chuck fans compared to the support of the Dexter fans, and where she’d like her career to go next.
When I spoke to you before your run on Dexter started, you couldn’t really say anything about anything. Did you really know that little, at the time, or did you just pretend really well?
Michael C. Hall talks about his new movie “Kill Your Darlings” and “Dexter” in the new interview for Independent. The 42-year-old gives the impression that he was dying for “Dexter” to end. On the final day of filming he says that a bar was set up and an impromptu party was held. He says, “I am certainly thankful for the time, and I shall miss that family, but there is also a sense of relief in that soup of feelings.” A sentiment reinforced by his time on the “Kill Your Darlings” film set. “It was so nice to be reminded that there was something other than a serial killer to play. It was restorative.” More after the jump.
Via theage.com: Does Michael C. Hall seem a little preoccupied with death? His 2001 role as an undertaker in the hit series “Six Feet Under” was followed by his critically acclaimed 2006 title role as a serial killer in the TV drama “Dexter”. Now it continues with the indie drama film “Kill Your Darlings”, in which he plays the murdered gay lover of an early member of the legendary Beat generation.
Hall laughs in response to this impressive list of death-related work and jokes, ”actually, for my next project, I’m playing Bozo the Clown!” Looking relaxed, the bearded 42-year-old is sitting in a Toronto hotel suite the morning after his new film has been enthusiastically received at the film festival. ”I can’t deny that I have an appetite for these maybe more complex, morally grey, inherently unsympathetic stories or characters,” he says, ”but yeah, I’d also love to have the opportunity to play someone who is not uniquely afflicted or uniquely capable, someone who is a regular person to whom something miraculous happens.”