THE BIG ASK MICHAEL C. HALL
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?