Hey everybody! As promised, screen captures from the remainder of the 7th season of “Dexter” have been uploaded to the photo gallery. You can view 3,483 HD Blu-Ray screen captures from episodes ten through twelve in the gallery. Our photo gallery now currently holds HD screen captures of Michael from seasons 3 through 8. I am going to take a little break from capping the series for right now and focus on other areas of the gallery that need attention. I’ll be uploading various public appearances and magazine scans here soon. Enjoy and keep checking back for more updates!
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Hey everybody! As promised, I am finishing up adding screen captures of Michael from the 7th season of “Dexter.” I uploaded 3,343 HD Blu-Ray screen captures in total of Michael from episodes seven through nine from the 7th season. The final 3 episodes of the season will be uploaded hopefully tomorrow. Enjoy the screen captures and keep checking back for more updates!
If you’ve already seen most of what 2013 has to offer in the multiplex, get ready: The Sundance Film Festival just announced its competition lineup, and 2014 has some great surprises in store. We’ve got the details on all the films that will premiere in the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions (as well as the low-budget, out-of-competition NEXT section), and there are some boldfaced names here, including Kristen Stewart in the Gitmo drama Camp X-Ray, the music drama Song One with Anne Hathaway, and the Bill Hader–Kristen Wiig dramedy The Skeleton Twins. Plus, a John Slattery–directed film, a Susan Sarandon–starring Ping-Pong movie, a feature adaptation of the hot short film Dear White People, and movies starring Mark Ruffalo, Aubrey Plaza, Aaron Paul, and so many more. Check it out, and expect many more announcements before the fest bows on January 16.
Cold in July / U.S.A. (Director: Jim Mickle, Screenwriters: Jim Mickle, Nick Damici) — After killing a home intruder, a small town Texas man’s life unravels into a dark underworld of corruption and violence. Cast: Michael C. Hall, Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, Vinessa Shaw, Nick Damici, Wyatt Russell.
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. In New York City in 1944, Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), William S Burroughs (Ben Foster) and Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) were all inspired by an epicene beauty from the midwest, Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), who liked to stand on the university library tables and read out the raunchiest bits of Henry Miller’s still-taboo Tropic of Cancer to scandalised squares.
Carr had arrived at Princeton University pursued by a mysterious, infatuated mentor and possible ex-lover, David Kammerer, played by Hall. Carr later murdered Kammerer in Central Park and was sentenced to two years in prison after claiming homosexual harassment. Carr was the dedicatee of Ginsberg’s Howl, but asked for his name to be removed from subsequent editions, and lived the rest of his life as a respected editor at news agency UPI. Burroughs and Kerouac collaborated on a novel about the killing, And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks, a year later, which remained unpublished until 2008, three years after Carr’s death. And now, Kill Your Darlings may stand as one of the best and most persuasive of all the movies about the beats.
So we know about the survivors; what about the corpse?
“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.”
It is a tribute to Hall’s gifts that this character, who might in lesser hands have registered as a looming paedophile creep, should instead seem tender, lost and broken. Hall takes compliments agreeably enough, but he’s knocked out by his cast. He calls Daniel Radcliffe “a major talent – just not what you’d expect from his pedigree. I really want to see what happens to him.” And we agree that Ben Foster’s incarnation of Burroughs is the second best after Burroughs himself in Drugstore Cowboy. “We didn’t have the budget to go back in time to fetch the real William Burroughs, but we got the next best.”
We’re meeting not long after Hall has come out from under the shadow of nearly a decade as Dexter Morgan, the serial killer yearning to be human. In fact, he has ended a 13-year run of cable dramas, having spent the five years before Dexter as the repressed gay funeral director David Fisher in Six Feet Under. Both were exceptionally inward characters.
“It’s sad in a way to lose Dexter. It was a real family on that show, and it employed a lot of really nice people. But that said, I feel released, relieved. I’m sad it’s over, but I didn’t want to keep doing it any more.”
I remind him of the constant intimations of incest between Dexter and his sister, played by Jennifer Carpenter. And then headline: Dexter marries own sister! (Carpenter and Hall wed in 2008.)
He lets out a gratifying guffaw. “Me and Jennifer being really married allowed the show to take on this really meta quality! Yeah, over the course of that show I married and divorced one of my co-stars – and we’re still friends – and I was diagnosed with and got successfully treated for cancer … a lot happened.”
The cancer came disguised as a debilitating cough he couldn’t shake. Small nodes appeared on his neck. “I called them my alien eggs. Then my doctor did a biopsy and said: ‘The good news is you don’t have alien eggs in your neck. Congratulations. The bad news is it’s cancer!’”
Six months of chemo followed, remission arrived, but there were side effects: “My hair fell out – everywhere! I had no eyebrows, I had no … [another jet-lag pause] my balls were just balder than a baby’s bottom.”
Surprise, surprise, Hall isn’t like Dexter or David. He is a measured, careful and funny speaker, reeling off pleasingly long sentences in an even-toned voice that occasionally breaks into deep laughter.
In the late 90s, he appeared on Broadway in Sam Mendes’s revival of Cabaret. Friends tell me that his Weimar-era master of ceremonies was an incendiary evocation of the part, all sulphur and brimstone and Mack the Knife, but fatally charming with it.
“My wildest dreams were already fulfilled when I got to play the MC. It was a really important assignment for me: in my career for sure, but also in my development as an actor, in that it required me to develop what had until then been a somewhat self-conscious relationship with the audience into something much more adversarial. It cracked me open. He’s a pansexual party boy, up for anything, everything wide open, potentially quite monstrous and frightening – a joy to play. When David Fisher came along, I just had to slam all those doors shut again, which had only recently been opened.
“David’s got an internal fist that’s always clenched. The best thing that ever happened to him was being kidnapped! It really opened him up. He came out at the end of the first season to everyone else, but he never really comes out to himself. He was inherently dramatic because he was in a complete state of conflict.”
Hall is a southern boy of sorts, from the anomalously liberal part of North Carolina known as the “Research Triangle” around Raleigh-Durham. “That part of North Carolina is a bit of a melting pot,” he says. “But, that said, it is still the south, maybe even the buckle of the bible belt. I still grew up in a place where I imagined that the actors on TV were, I dunno, farmed on an actor planet or something like that. I didn’t really see it as a legitimate pursuit for myself until much later.”
He kept his interest in acting under his hat until college. “It was the thing that turned me on the most and for which I had the most aptitude. I guess I kept it under wraps, even with myself, because it was such a precious aspiration. I didn’t want it to get shit on by relatives or friends, or any other sceptics, until it was a real thing.”
A real thing is exactly what it became – possibly too much of a real thing. “My Dexter fans were surprisingly loyal and … sane, mostly. Some people will say: ‘Oh Dexter, please kill me!’ or ‘Would you please sign my big knife?’ but I don’t get too many people confusing me with my roles. Maybe some people let me go in front of them in the grocery line, possibly because they didn’t want to have me standing behind them. Which is a kind of perk, I guess …”
There was a time when everyone wanted to do “a George Clooney” and make an effortless transition from the small screen to the big screen. The posse from Friends couldn’t manage it. The Seinfeld squad struggled. And then came the new golden age of television and it seemed that every actor worth his salt wanted to make it big in our living rooms. So it’s kind of a throwback to sit down with Michael C Hall and discuss Kill Your Darlings, his first film since TV executives murdered his serial killer Dexter.
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 had. 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.”
He has discovered the hard way how not to make proclamations about where his career will be headed. “You know I finished Six Feet Under and I said in interviews like this: ‘I’ll never do another television series again.’ I learned to never say never, but I wouldn’t like to make commitments to characters that are open-ended, right now.”
On television, Hall has specialised in playing characters carrying secrets around with them. As David Fisher in Six Feet Under he struggled to keep his family funeral home in business and during the course of the show managed to reconcile his homosexuality with his religious beliefs. As the eponymous lead in Dexter he was a forensic blood-splatter analyst who moonlighted as a vigilante serial killer in his downtime.
So for his foray into the silver screen he was looking to change things up, although the plan didn’t quite come together. “I think the role is different [to things I have done before],” he says. “It’s a different time period and a very different story. I don’t know if I was super self-conscious about avoiding any parallels between what I’ve done before and this; then I would not have done it. After all, it’s a homosexual scene and a murder scene, a sort of mash-up of my TV roles.”
That’s quite a good way of putting it because in Kill Your Darlings Hall is both victim and aggressor. He plays David Kammerer, who in 1944 was fatally stabbed by Lucien Carr, a literary student at Columbia University. Carr was the crush of a certain Allen Ginsberg, who at the time was an impressionable 19-year-old trying to make his way in New York. Also on the scene are a young Jack Kerouac and William S Burroughs. Carr served 18 months in jail for manslaughter and right up to his death in 2005, he claimed that the murder was done in self-defence against an older homosexual stalker.
Directed by first-timer John Krokidas, this little-known episode in the lives of the Beat Generation took place before they became literary stars. Hall says, “I was familiar with the Beats and this particular story. I was always amazed that it hadn’t been told and I was really excited when I read the script that it was finally being told, and that it was as carefully rendered as it was.”
Several cinematic tales have centred on the Beat generation in recent years; there was Howl starring James Franco, and the lamentable On the Road directed by Walter Salles. Kill Your Darlings benefits from being set in an epoch when little is known about the writers. It also has a stellar cast of upcoming actors, with Daniel Radcliffe playing Ginsberg, Dane DeHaan as Carr, Ben Foster as Burroughs and Jack Huston in a brief appearance as Kerouac.
“I think there was a collective freedom in that we were meeting all these characters before they became icons,” says the North Carolina-born star. “In my case I was playing a character about whom very little was known aside from sketches about his relationship with Carr and the fact that he was murdered.”
There’s one thing he looks for in all his roles: “I think if it doesn’t feel like there’s some degree of risk or danger or uncertainty then it’s probably not worth doing.”
Hall has twice married and divorced actresses he has worked with. In 2003, he married stage actress Amy Spanger, and a year later he played Billy Flynn opposite her Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway. They divorced in 2007. Dexter fans got very excited when it was announced that he had married Jennifer Carpenter, who plays his adoptive sister on the show, on New Year’s Eve in 2008. However, the relationship was short-lived and heavily shadowed by Hall’s battle with cancer.
He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. When he accepted the Golden Globe award for Dexter he was wearing a beanie to cover his post-chemotherapy hair loss. The diagnosis, which Hall received aged 38, was particularly hard as his father, an employee at IBM, had died of cancer when he was 39. He also had a sister who died in infancy before he was born. His mother, a college-guidance counsellor, was among the mightily relieved when it was announced in April 2010 that his cancer was in remission.
During this period, and while he was contracted on Dexter, he couldn’t take on other roles; “Doing the show created some opportunities that because of the show I couldn’t take advantage of, because of obligations to continue to do the show.”
He directed an episode of Dexter, an experience he describes as, “Great! I enjoyed it a lot more than I feared I wouldn’t. I felt worried that I would feel stretched in two directions and not be able to give full focus to either, but one sort of informed the other and I really enjoyed it. It was really difficult for me to say ‘Cut!’, without some sort of absurd gesture or face; it felt sort of ridiculous. I couldn’t say it with a straight face.”
The hardest part came during the edit: “It was tough because it is a subjectively told show and sometimes you do need to be tight on Dexter and that was a challenge at times.”
He has recently been shooting Cold in July, an adaptation of the cult novel by Joe R Lansdale. Hall plays the protagonist Richard Dane, who shoots and kills an intruder who breaks into his home in the middle of the night.
As for whether it’s better to play a character over the months of a movie than the years of a TV show, he states: “I don’t know if it’s better. It’s different, or it becomes different after you do it over a certain period. You’re not asking yourself the same questions. If you’ve been doing a television show for three years, like when we were doing Six Feet Under and we were in the fourth season, I had what felt like real memories, that were actually the memory of having filmed a scene two years before with these people, and that’s a unique and heavy thing to experience.”
‘Kill Your Darlings’ is released on 6 December.