Via Independent: It’s not a year since Dexter, everyone’s favourite serial killer with a skewed moral code failed to meet his maker in fitting context and found himself instead logging the forests of Pacific North West under a bearded new guise. But surely Michael C. Hall‘s homicidal fan requests would have quelled, even just a smidge. “No no,” softly chuckles the actor, whose speech pattern is intercepted by so many drawn-out pauses. “They’ve intensified if anything. And I’m more than happy to take pictures with people but it’s the stuff beyond that.”
So, still bombarded with requests of ‘Dexter, please kill me?’
“Yes! And I turn them down if they want me to actually act like I’m killing them. ‘No, no, not unless you pay me,’ I say.”
For eight seasons (perhaps three too long?) Hall majestically embodied the charming, ferocious sociopath, a blood spatter analyst with a double existence as a ‘existential leveller’, a vigilante killer of killers who escaped between the cracks of a flawed judicial system.
Violent yet also remarkably docile, it was the role of a lifetime for the former Six Feet Under star, who’d previously crossed the primetime boundaries as sexually suppressed undertaker, David Fisher. Hall admits however, after another long, yawning silent break in the conversation, he struggled with Dexter’s ultimate intention. “Particularly a character like Dexter with the twists and turns in the story, it becomes difficult to wrap your head around. I do know in season three, I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that Dexter was getting married and having a child and making all these commitments. His behaviours were much more contradictory than I was able to understand. But that’s a part of the story.”
And the rubbish ending? Michael himself has been previously quoted saying that even he would have liked to see Dexter croak it … “I didn’t say that I wasn’t happy that they didn’t kill him off,” he says, resolving his purports. “I’m just aware that many people are expressing that they aren’t. So many ways they could have ended it. I’m sad that this didn’t resonate with more people as an emotionally satisfying ending but I find it plausible. Undeniably, he’s still alive and there is an open-ended nature to that…” He anticipates my predictable response, ” … and yes, possibly a desire to revisit the character at some point in the story but there are no specific plans to do that.”
Previously married to his Dexter co-star Jennifer Carpenter, and now involved with Morgan Macgregor, a fiction writer and book reviewer, Hall’s conversation is dotted with existential odes; ‘life is a journey’; ‘you can’t plan too far ahead’; ‘play every day as it comes.’
Growing up an only child after his older sister passed away in infancy, he also lost his father to cancer when only 11 years old. Then Michael himself developed Hodgkin’s Lymphoma during shooting for the fourth series of Dexter. His logic and general stance on life is absolutely understandable. He went public when accepting his Golden Globe for Actor in a TV series drama, wearing a black knitted cap, at the start of 2010. The ripples have swelled and danced since.
“I really hadn’t appreciated that that would mean so much to so many people. I felt compelled to explain why I didn’t have any eyebrows and I’m glad I did.”
A figure of inspiration for so many, the now cured actor finds himself happily speaking about his experiences almost daily. “I have people approach me all the time to let me know that they or somebody they love is struggling with or has survived or has succumbed to… provided them with some strength or comfort or solidarity, that’s very gratifying.”
He speaks about finishing off his Broadway play, before skating round the bare details of a ‘couple indie’s I’m looking at working on’.
“Where do I see myself in five years’ time?” he asks, again and again. “Where indeed? I don’t know. On planet earth, sipping coffee.”
Read the complete interview here.