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.”
That won’t happen in his new film, set in 1944 at New York’s Columbia University, where three icons of American literary and cultural revolution become involved in a real-life drama of murder and obsession.
Before Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) became leaders of the San Francisco Beat generation of the 1950s, they were students here, along with fellow writer Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan). Within months of the group declaring their ”new vision” for art and literature, Carr has stabbed and killed his former lover, David Kammerer (Hall), and Ginsberg’s life is forever changed.
Hall is protective of his real-life character, whose graphic murder is played out in the film.
”He was often characterised as a monster or a predator, or sinister, but I think he was a human being who was afflicted in his own way,” he says. ”And there was a purity about what he felt, in spite of its arguable inappropriateness, so the chance to humanise or to a degree sympathise the character was part of the appeal.”
After growing up in North Carolina, Hall attended graduate school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and had an impressive theatre career for many years before his TV fame. With Dexter recently wrapping its eight-season run, Hall admits to having mixed feelings about moving on.
”There’s some sadness, some wistfulness and some pride that we did it as long as we did,” he says, ”but I also feel some relief not to be carrying around the continued obligation to simulate this murderousness!”
Hall says he was a ”huge fan” of the Beat poets as a young man. ”The first thing I read was Kerouac’s On the Road, then Ginsberg’s HOWL and Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, and I’m also a fan of Gregory Corso and Herbert Huncke,” he adds.
The actor proudly admits he met Allen Ginsberg in the early 1990s through a friend who worked for him.
”I was at a party at his home that he was throwing for his poetry students from Brooklyn College and I sat down with him and he asked me what I did,” he recalls.
”I told him I was an actor and that I was in a production of Henry V and he asked me to recite some of my lines and I was very shy and nervous and recited them in a sort of monotone and he said, ‘do you always deliver your lines in such a monotone voice?’ It was good to see he could still be brutally honest!”
Hello everybody! I just updated the gallery with 3,965 HD Blu-Ray screen captures of Michael from the final 4 episodes of the 6th season of “Dexter.” I have officially finished season 6 and will now move onto season 7. After I finish with the 7th season, I am going to be taking a little break from screen capping and focusing on other areas of the photo gallery. I hope you enjoy the screen captures and keep checking back for more updates!
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Dexter actor Michael C Hall recently admitted that by the end the mental weight of playing a serial killer took its toll on him.
Hall played Dexter the onscreen psychopath for seven years. During this time the actor had a troubled private life suffering through cancer, falling in love, marrying actress Jennifer Carpenter who played Deb on the show and then divorcing three years later.
Hall also played a pivotal role in convincing revered actors John Lithgow and Charlotte Rampling to join the show when he became a producer after just three seasons.
The actor claims his mental process of inhabiting the mind of a serial killer for six months a year took its strain on him by the final season.
“All of a sudden, it was driving me crazy that I was playing these scenes.It was like I was allowing myself to feel the full weight of what I’d been simulating because it was almost over.”
The actor admits he doesn’t know what to expect after Dexter, but he has had the opportunity to cleanse his experiences as a serial killer with an independent Jim Mickle film called Cold In July.
The film is about a small-town Texan who kills a burglar in self-defence and is left to deal with the consequences.
The actor has admitted to using the film as “a way to visit murder from a more everyday perspective.”
I have been focusing so heavily on uploading all screen captures of “Dexter” in HD, I have neglected to update other sections of the photo gallery. Earlier in the week I uploaded over 20 sets of photoshoots of Michael to the gallery. There are over 150 photos in total. Photoshoots range from 2002 all the way to 2013. I have a few more sources left to check. So more photoshoots will be uploaded at a later date. I hope you enjoy and keep checking back for more updates!
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Hey everybody! Earlier in the week I uploaded 2,194 HD Blu-Ray screen captures of Michael from episodes 7 and 8 from the 6th season of “Dexter” to the gallery. I just didn’t get around to updating the main site with the update until now. The final 4 episodes of the season will be uploaded really soon. Enjoy!