Doing Dirk Diggler
HE’S dressed up as a vampire, a cowboy and even gone undercover in a women’s roller derby team, but James Roday reveals there’s one more fancy dress fantasy to complete on his cult- hit series Psych.
‘‘ If there was a way we could do a Boogie Nights episode that was appropriate for basic cable television and didn’t offend half the world, that would be the ultimate to me because nobody else is reaching to that – nobody,’’ he says with a laugh.
‘‘ If we were smart about it, we might actually be able to pull it off, or we will go down in flames trying.’’
Psych follows the adventures of novice sleuth Shawn ( Roday, pictured), who cons the police into thinking he has psychic abilities so he can help solve crimes, and his best mate Gus ( Dule Hill), as they try to unravel murder mysteries while having a heap of fun along the way.
Outrageous costumes and ridiculous antics are a regular part of this series as Shawn and Gus prove to be the most unlikely of crime- fighting duos.
While channel One is now screening season four, the show is up to season six in the US and has become a cult hit.
Roday, who is also a writer on the series, attributes the show’s success to the fact that it reinvents itself every week with new crazy adventures. Six seasons in, he says he still loves it. ‘‘ We have a blast every day on set, making each other laugh, and we have a great crew,’’ he says.
‘‘ It’s so rare in this industry when all the pieces sort of fit perfectly from day one and, you know, it’s rare because most of us have worked on jobs where it’s not like that.
‘‘ There’s a sense of appreciation knowing how lucky we are, which is why there’s always gas in the tank.’’