“Variety” — Michael C. Hall is set to join the cast of Disney’s remake of “Pete’s Dragon.”
Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard and Wes Bentley are also on board, with newcomer Oakes Fegley set as the title character.
David Lowery will direct from a script he wrote with Toby Halbrooks.
The story is a reinvention of the 1977 film that revolves around Pete and his best friend Elliot, who happens to be a dragon. The first pic was a musical, but sources say this will be a straight narrative. The movie will be live action, with CGI used to bring the dragon to life.
Jim Whitaker is producing.
Hall was last seen in the Sundance pic “Cold in July.” He is repped by UTA and Hamilton Hodell.
“Entertainment Weekly — Even out of costume, Michael C. Hall can still embody the titular “internationally ignored song stylist” of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Case in point: His recent wig-less performance of the song “Angry Inch” at The Hills NYC.
Hall was on hand at the club for a Road Recovery benefit concert that paid tribute to the late Don Hill himself. The space where he performed is the new incarnation of a venue called Don Hill’s, where Hedwig was originally born as part of the club’s weekly SqueezeBox party. Hall, who is currently playing Hedwig on Broadway, performed the song alongside co-star Lena Hall (who won a Tony for her performance as Yitzhak), Hedwig composer/lyricist/co-creator Stephen Trask, and Miriam Shor, the original Yitzhak. The Trask-produced Hedwig Broadway cast album featuring Neil Patrick Harris has been nominated for a Grammy.
If you want to see Hall in Hedwig’s glitter and wigs, the Dexter actor plays the role on Broadway through Jan. 18. Original Hedwig John Cameron Mitchell will begin his run starting Jan. 21.
“Huffington Post” — From repressed funeral director on Six Feet Under to serial killer on Dexter, Michael C. Hall has the ability to warm his way into our hearts by portraying some of the most troubled individuals you hope you’d never meet. Now in the Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch (written by the show’s original star, John Cameron Mitchell), Hall tackles the role of an East German rock star who had a botched gender-reassignment surgery.
Hall may have always been destined to take center stage in the production.
“I saw it downtown when I was doing Cabaret [in 1999],” he recalled in his dressing room a few hours before a Friday show. “I came down for a late show a couple times. I was so excited when the movie came out. I met John [Cameron Mitchell] in a Kim’s Video in the West Village and geeked out on him. I was blown away by the piece, his performance and the music.”
Hall’s performance comes on the heels of Neil Patrick Harris, who won the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical earlier this year for his role as Hedwig, and Andrew Rannells.
When you see Hall on stage, he’s full of piss and vinegar, but as he sits in his dressing room, barefoot and in jeans, a T-shirt and painted nails, he’s reflective and gentle. He chooses his words so carefully that you can’t help but hang on to every one. To get to Hall, though, you have to first go through Sal, his 5-year-old long-haired Dachshund/spaniel mix he fondly says has some snake, pony, bat, and unicorn thrown in. While Sal couldn’t have weighed more than 15 pounds, she was very protective of the star. Eventually she calmed down but never left Hall’s side as he delicately petted her throughout the entire interview. The kind of compassion he showed is what keeps us under his spell with every role.
When you first saw Hedwig all those years ago, did you ever say, “I’d like to star in this one day”?
In the same way you listen to rock albums and say, “Man, I want to be in that band.” Not in an eventual reality way — more in a fantasy way.
This is your first musical since Cabaret in 1999. Did you feel any pressure returning to the musical stage?
Sure. I think if you don’t have some sense of pressure, fear or uncertainty, then it’s probably not worth doing. I received the invitation from John to do this, and I couldn’t pass it up.
Did you keep your voice in shape during your long hiatus from musicals?
Not as consistently as I’d like to moving forward. I have enough experience singing and enough under my belt that I was able to get myself in shape.
We spoke of pressure musically, but how about the pressure of taking over the role after Neil Patrick Harris and Andrew Rannells?
Some of the edge was maybe taken off because Neil had the pressure of doing it for the first time since the original production and all the people who played it then. I had the experience of replacing Alan Cumming in Cabaret, so I’ve done the jumping-on-a-moving-train thing before. I also felt charged with the task or the invitation to play my Hedwig and not simulate someone else’s.
How would you describe your Hedwig?
I’m inside of it, so it’s hard for me to provide you with an objective description of who she is. I think she is hurting and dealing with more than the average share of regret and resentment and bitterness and, frankly, obsessiveness about her unfulfilled relationship with Tommy. She is in desperate need of a witness, and the audience is that. I think out of the course of the evening, she comes to recon with her own responsibility in this world. She is thankfully able to come to a place of self-acceptance and a sense of her own wholeness without armor or artifice. I think that’s the thing that resonates with everyone who sees it.
Throughout the course of your career, you have played many gay characters. What draws you to those roles?
I don’t know. I feel like I choose roles, and I also feel like roles choose me at times. I think I gravitate toward characters who are defined by some sense of conflict or secret keeping. I think in the case of David Fisher [on Six Feet Under], it was about the character’s inherent conflict — something that made him inherently dramatic. In case of Hedwig, it was the chance to front a rock band and sing awesome rock-and-roll music. There is something about people, for one reason or the other, who are marginalized by their circumstance that is compelling to me. That has manifested itself into me playing a few, or more than a few, characters who are gay.
You recently said, “It’s very liberating to dress up like a woman.” How do you feel when you are fully made up as Hedwig?
I feel amazing. I wake up in the morning and see myself in the mirror and go, “Oh, God, look at that tired, old face.” Then I come here, lie down in the makeup chair, sit up and say, “There I am!” I’m definitely on board with that experience.
How long does the transformation take?
About 40 to 45 minutes to get the makeup on, then an additional five to 10 to get the wigs on.
Andrew Rannells gave you some makeup-removal tips. Did you receive any other advice from the previous Hedwigs?
No, just basically, “Good luck, and climb that mountain, baby!”
Speaking of climbing, you must know that when you’re bumping and grinding yourself on another guy’s lap in the audience, you’re making a dream come true.
It’s definitely a better feeling than someone looking at me like, “Get the fuck away from me!”
Has that happened?
Not really. I definitely had people who were screaming “Please don’t!” with their eyes. For the most part people are game. It’s also nice for [Hedwig]. She’s never been in this situation. She’s never been in an audience this big or a theater this legitimate. To be embraced in any way is the sweetest, sweetest drug for her.
Since you always had a fantasy of being a rock-and-roll singer, what song would you rock out to at karaoke?
Oh, man! Depends how many drinks I’ve had. I’ve always enjoyed “Kiss” by Prince. You can sort of give it the Tom Jones treatment too.
Your father died when you were 11. Also, your parents’ first child died in infancy before you were born. How would you describe yourself as a kid growing up in North Carolina?
I think I was a kid who was surrounded by a certain amount of sadness. I probably absorbed some of that but managed to maintain some enthusiasm and maybe loved performing more than anything because it was a place where I was able to be free.
Was your mother very supportive of your decision to go into the arts?
I wouldn’t say “very supportive.” I wouldn’t say “discouraging,” either. I would say my mom is just more neutral in a way that, in hindsight, I actually appreciate. She didn’t make any claim on my interest. I think early on she had some concerns about the viability of such a choice.
Then there is Dexter.
Now that was a rough childhood!
Yes! Everyone has a favorite season. What was yours?
The final season. I’m kidding! The first season was amazing because it hadn’t aired, and it felt like we were telling a secret. Then, of course, the fourth season [“The Trinity Killer”] was amazing.
Do you have any plans to return to episodic TV?
I never say “never,” but I don’t have any concrete plans at this point. Right now I’m just enjoying doing this, and I’d love to do some film work. It is nice at this point to do things that have an end in sight from the beginning.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
I have a dog and two cats. I have a real capacity for silliness. I like to eat sardines out of the can.
After everything you’ve done, what are you the most proud of?
Currently I’m really proud of telling this story. I’m really proud of the TV work I’ve done. Maybe I’m most proud that the vast majority of the work I’ve done is stuff that I am, in fact, proud of.
“New York Theatre Guide” — Golden Globe winner Michael C. Hall extends his role as ‘Hedwig’ in the Tony Award-winning musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch by two weeks and will now star through to 18 Jan 2015.
Hall took over the title role from Tony nominee Andrew Rannells on 16 Oct 2014 for a limited engagement that was originally scheduled to end on 4 January 2015. He continues to perform opposite Tony winner Lena Hall, who continues in the role of ‘Yitzhak’.
Michael C. Hall is perhaps best known for his television career, in particular for his role as “Dexter Morgan” in the long-running drama series “Dexter”, as well as the role of “David Fisher” in “Six Feet Under”. His film credits include “Paycheck” (2003), “Gamer” (2009), “Kill Your Darlings” (2013) and “Cold In July” (2014). Hall was last seen on the Broadway stage this year as ‘John Jones’ in ‘The Realistic Joneses’. He has also played the role of ‘Emcee’ in ‘Cabaret’ in 1999, as well as ‘Billy Flynn’ in ‘Chicago’ in 2002.
Casting for the next Hedwig will be announced in the coming weeks, though rumours are that John Cameron Mitchell will be the next actor to don those blonde wigs and high heels on Broadway. Mitchell, who wrote the book for Hedwig and the Angry Inch, originated the role when the musical had its world premiere at Off-Broadway’s Jane Street Theatre in 1998. He wad also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for his performance in the 2001 film adaptation, which he also wrote and directed.
“W Magazine” — Perhaps unbeknownst to his legions of television fans (for series like Dexter and Six Feet Under), Michael C. Hall also has a thriving stage career. This past spring, he received raves for his performance in the Broadway production of Will Eno’s dark comedy The Realistic Joneses and he has played Billy Flynn in Chicago. He also replaced Alan Cummings as the emcee in Cabaret in 1999.
Hall is once again “jumping onto a moving train,” as he puts it, starring in the current production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Belasco Theatre through January 4th, following star turns by Neil Patrick Harris and Andrew Rannells. Here, the actor chats about high heels, tucking and carwashing.
This is such a physical show. How far in advance did you start preparing and what was the preparation like?
There were probably about 22 proper days of rehearsal leading up to the performance. And there are so many learning curves: the fishnets and heels and bra learning curve. And the mike cord learning curve. And the German accent learning curve. And the choreography learning curve. And the gymnastic climbing the set stuff. It just goes on and on.
Only 22 days? You must have been in amazing shape to begin with!
Certainly before rehearsals proper started I was, you know, thinking about those hot pants. They definitely got me to go to the gym to run. You want to look good in a dress, so I dropped a little weight.
Well, I don’t know if anyone’s ever told you this, but you have a great pair of legs.
Thank you. I really don’t know that they’ve ever been featured in this way, so that’s been a nice thing to discover.
Were the heels the hardest part to get used to physically?
I guess they were early on. My feet definitely were in a state of shock during the first week of rehearsal. But I had the heels before I started rehearsal, I was walking around the apartment doing the dishes in heels. It definitely helps me appreciate the trials of being a fashion-conscious woman.
Do you have a recovery process you do after every show?
I have these yoga toes things I use. They’re these jelly things that separate your toes and you put them in the freezer so they simultaneously reduce swelling and spread your toes out. So I wear them for 20 minutes. And if you get on the floor and put your legs up on the wall and just let the blood drain from your throbbing feet as they’re stretched out, you’ll see some swelling reduction.
I am totally going out and buying those, thank you! Did you pick up any other tips you can pass onto us ladies?
No, but if any guys want lessons on how to tuck, I can do that.
Was that a self-taught thing or did you get advice?
I got some pointers from people who do cross-dressing. To make the line of some of the costumes work it seemed like a good idea to figure out where to put things.
What’s going through my head seems awfully painful.
You put one thing between your legs and the other things from whence they came, sort of up in you. I think ninjas do it, too, when they fight.
I have no use for that tip, unfortunately, but it’s great to know. And the makeup is amazing, did you get a lesson in how to do it?
It is applied by professionals and it takes about 45 minutes. When it’s all done it looks pretty fantastic, but there are stages along the way where I catch myself in the mirror and it’s pretty scary. It’s like Norma Desmond on a bad day.
Do you carry any of Hedwig with you when you’re off stage?
Not really. I still stand up when I pee.
That’s good to know. The show also involves some audience interaction: you “carwash” (dance above a person’s face in a fringed skirt) one person and kiss another. How do you choose your subjects?
Sometimes I’ll spot someone early and go, okay, that’s DEFINITELY who I’m going to carwash. But it’s really more fun to just decide in the moment.
Have you ever had a bad reaction from someone when they’re chosen?
I did it to a 16 or 17-year-old kid who turned to stone. He was absolutely horrified. But then I got flowers from his mother thanking me. I guess she felt like he needed to be shaken up a little bit. So, you’re welcome!