‘The Campaign’s’ Dylan McDermott Reveals How He Broke the Ice His First Day on Set

The “American Horror Story” actor talks to THR about holding his own opposite Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell in Jay Roach’s comedy.

By Rebecca Ford, The Hollywood Reporter

Dylan McDermott, known for his dramatic work on TV shows like American Horror Story and The Practice, takes a serious turn for the comedic in The Campaign, playing an intense political operative named Tim Wattley.

While McDermott, 50, was the new kid in the comedy world, he tells The Hollywood Reporter that he broke the ice quickly while working opposite Zach Galifianakis and Will Ferrell.

How? By getting naked.

“I was totally nude in front of Will and Zach for 12 hours,” McDermott tells THR about his very first day of shooting for the Warner Bros. comedy. In the scene, which was cut from the final version of the movie, his character walks out of the bathroom naked and complains about the lack of hot water.

Read more here.


Comic-Con Video Interviews

I got to attend my very first Comic-Con this year. I hosted The Hollywood Reporter‘s video lounge at the Hilton Hotel. I interviewed more than three dozen stars of film and TV about their upcoming projects. My interviews included: Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, Sam Raimi, Michelle Rodriguez, Milla Jovovich, Jackie Chan, Guillermo del Toro, True Blood‘s Joe Manganiello and Kristin Bauer (video above), William Shatner, The Big Bang Theory cast, Teen Wolf cast, Anna Kendrick, Andy Serkis, the stars of Twilight and Christoph Waltz (video below).

Watch all my Comic-Con interviews here.



‘True Blood’: Christopher Meloni on Playing a 500-Year-Old, ‘Big Old Baby’ Vampire

By Rebecca Ford, The Hollywood Reporter

After playing detective Elliot Stabler on Law and Order: SVU for more than a decade, Christopher Meloni has hung up his detective badge and replaced it with a set of vampire fangs.

The Emmy-nominated actor joins HBO’s True Blood this season as Roman, a powerful, 500-year-old vampire who sits at the head of the table of the Vampire Authority. Roman’s main mission is to get his blood-drinking brethren to cohabitate peacefully with humans.

Meloni, who will make his first appearance on the show in season 5’s second episode (airing June 17), tells The Hollywood Reporter that Roman’s driving force is “the rightness of his cause.”

“His unbending drive to get what he wants,” says Meloni, who spoke to THR from the set of the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, in which he plays Brooklyn Dodger manager Leo Durocher. “I think on the outside if you’re with him, you agree and you want to follow someone like that. If you disagree, then you think he’s a fanatic.”

Although Roman may be one of the older vampires in town, Meloni says his character isn’t as wise as his years.

“You know who acts like that? A child,” he says. “And I thought that was what kind of funny about it. Here you have this very impressive entity, yet underneath it all, he’s a big old baby.”
“But don’t tell him that to his face,” he adds.

Meloni, who in May 2011 announced that he would not return to NBC’s Law and Order: SVU for its 13th season, tells THR that he has always been a fan of True Blood showrunner Alan Ball, and enjoyed being the guest, rather than the host, of a show.

“I was now the guest after having a decade of witnessing people being guests on my show,” he said. “I got a kick out of that. It was a lot of fun to see how another set was run.”

Roman and the Vampire Authority introduce a complication to the already-complicated HBO drama. When vampire Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) kill Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck), a member of the vampire authority, they are hunted down by the vampire government. This results in Roman holding the fates of Bill and Eric in his already-bloodstained hands.

Meloni’s first scene was one of the tougher for him to shoot, he says, because he was “trying on this new person, this new thing.”

“You can do all the preparation you want, but at least I kind of find my character along the way,” he said.

True Blood is known for his supernatural drama, and it’s heavy-dose of sex scenes, which can range from slightly strange to extremely twisted. Fans of Meloni have been wondering if his character will get to do any bed hopping this season.

Meloni, who will also appear in Zack Snyder’s Super Man reboot Man of Steel, tells THR he wasn’t sure if he could reveal that particular piece of information, but did hint, “I am in bed. With my lover.”

As always with the HBO vampire drama, hints about what could be coming up in the show were few and far between. However, Meloni, did say a scene involving a possible traitor in the Authority was some of his favorite work on the show.

“That was a lot of fun. It’s what I signed on to do,” he said.


Recent Interviews: Rock of Ages,’ ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting,’ ‘The Five-Year Engagement’

I’ve been a terrible friend to my website. It’s the curse of being so busy! But that also means I have a ton of new work to show. Here are links to some of my recent video interviews for The Hollywood Reporter.

‘Rock of Ages’ Star Malin Akerman on Tom Cruise: ‘He Transformed Himself Into a Rock Star’ (Video)

‘Rock of Ages’ Stars Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta Train Their Voices for ’80s Rock (Video)

‘Rock of Ages’ Director: ‘I Was Like a 15-Year-Old Girl’ Hearing Tom Cruise Sing (Video)

‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ Stars Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison on Their Sexy Dance Scene (Video)

‘What to Expect’ Stars Anna Kendrick, Chace Crawford Talk ‘Excruciating’ Facial Hair and Chemistry 

‘Five-Year Engagement’s’ Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller Explain Their Ongoing Food Fight, What Makes a Romantic Comedy Work (Video)

‘Five-Year Engagement’s’ Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller Explain Cutting Full-Frontal Nudity, Reveal Other Deleted Scenes (Video)

How Alison Brie Perfected Her British Accent for ‘Five-Year Engagement’ (Video)


‘Sons of Anarchy’ Creator Kurt Sutter on Season 4’s Bold Finale and Season 5 Plans

Sons of Anarchy, FX’s hit drama about a California motorcycle club, wrapped up its fourth season on Tuesday. The finale ended what has arguably been the best season for the drama, helmed by Kurt Sutter.

“My sense for next season is that it will be a slower boil,” Sutter told THR. “This season, everyone was sort of out of breath at the end of every episode, and my sense is that next season that won’t be the case.”

Read the full interview over at The Hollywood Reporter.


‘Immortals’ Interviews

My interviews from the premiere of Immortals:

Kellan Lutz, who also stars in the Twilight series, said of working on the vampire series, “We’re all very blessed and I love the experience. But working with Relativity and doing Immortals was just a world of difference, so much more enjoyable.” Read more about the interview here.

“These are the original superhero guys,” the director told THR at the premiere for Relativity’s fantasy epic. Read the full interview at The Hollywood Reporter.