THE BIG ASK MICHAEL C. HALL

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Tv Guide - with ALICE WASLEY

MICHAEL C. Hall seems to revel in roles that find him knee deep in dead bodies. His part in Dex­ter as a Mi­ami foren­sics ex­pert who moon­lights as a vig­i­lante se­rial killer, fol­lows his break-out role in Six Feet Un­der —a dark com­edy set in a fu­neral home.

Hall has said that he knocked back TV of­fers be­tween Six Feet and Dex­ter be­cause ‘‘noth­ing jus­ti­fied the leap of faith re­quired to make an ope­nended com­mit­ment’’ and that he doesn’t con­sider Dex­ter a vig­i­lante but some­one who has taken re­spon­si­bil­ity for ‘‘a quite for­mi­da­ble shadow side’’.

Hall was re­cently nom­i­nated for a Golden Globe for Best Per­for­mance by an Ac­tor in a Tele­vi­sion Se­ries (Drama), and also scored two Screen Ac­tors Guild nom­i­na­tions.

Sea­son three of Dex­ter pre­mieres in Aus­tralia to­mor­row night. as we en­joy. I didn’t know it would be a rel­a­tive main­stream suc­cess. For the show to move for­ward and have some sense of tra­jec­tory I think it has to go be­yond a kill-ofthe-week sort of sce­nario, but at the same time he can’t sim­ply grow a heart and then con­tinue to kill com­pul­sively. That way we’re hav­ing our cake and eat­ing it too. There have to be baby steps and I think that was well il­lus­trated at the end of the sec­ond sea­son, where he kills Lila and is able to con­nect to a sense of his grat­i­tude for the things she’s taught him and then at the very next mo­ment is able to kill her without any sense of re­morse. He uses what might be de­scribed as his de­vel­op­ment or his flow­er­ing as a hu­man to ex­pe­ri­ence him­self as a more po­tent killer some­how. It’s pretty twisted. Right now, Dex­ter takes a great deal of fo­cus and en­ergy and I cer­tainly en­joy the fact that I’m gain­fully em­ployed and can en­joy my time off, which some­times you can’t as an ac­tor. I’d cer­tainly like to do more films and mix it up a bit more.

It’s a tricky sub­ject mat­ter. As an ac­tor do you worry about hu­man­is­ing Dex­ter too much? You re­cently shot the sci-fi thriller cre­ated more op­por­tu­ni­ties for you?

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