Michael C. Hall, Aaron Paul of “Breaking Bad”, Julianna Margulies of “The Good Wife,” Jon Hamm of “Mad Men” and Claire Danes of “Homeland” are on five of the most critically acclaimed dramas on television, playing five of the most riveting characters ever written for the small screen. The following photos were taken at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, on May 1 for the Los Angeles Times Emmy Round Table.
What’s the hardest scene you’ve ever done? Do you ever look at scripts and just go, I can’t do this?
Michael C. Hall: Sometimes I’ll maybe take issue with how something’s happening, but as far as what happens, it always is justifiable. When we started out, it was kind of like walking a tightrope, you know, there’s a serial killer, he says he’s not human, we’re meant to be maybe suspicious about that, and at this point it feels like walking a piece of dental floss or something as opposed to a tightrope.
Did you guys do research on your characters? I mean, you’ve got, you know, a meth dealer, a lawyer, a killer, a CIA …I assume, Michael, that you did not …
Michael C. Hall: Yeah, it requires an imagination, ultimately. Unless you’re willing to kill people, but still I’m not compelled to kill people, you know? So even if I were to kill people, I wouldn’t really know what it feels like to him, so I’ve got to think about what I’m compelled to do and use that. So research, yeah, I did some. But I think, ultimately, the more research that I did into the serial killer, I realized that Dexter is maybe a unique creation. You can’t really attribute how he goes about doing what he does to any real killer.
There’s a whole world of blogs and, you know, show recappers — people are actually fact-checking things in fictional TV shows, often affectionately. I mean, they’re really obsessed, and I think it’s an extension of their enjoyment, but how do you guys feel about that? Do you sort of ignore it? Does it add anything to it for you guys?
Michael C. Hall: In creating a sense of longing in an audience for something that doesn’t necessarily make sense isn’t — it’s not something you have to honor directly; you don’t have to give it to them. I mean, the fact that they have a sense of longing means that they have a sense of investment in the world …
source: Los Angeles Times