Hot off the presses, here’s a new interview w/Dylan McDermott from Sci Fi Mania.com. The article went up (as of this writing) a little over two hours ago, © Erin Willard (the Editor In Chief and West Coast Correspondent for SciFiMafia.com). Below is a link to the piece, then some excerpts. We would cut and paste it all and give Willard credit, but I think that may be flirting with copyright infringement.
LAST SPOILER WARNING!
Note from the author/editor prefacing the below interview: Again, this interview took place the day after his first appearance in American Horror Story: Asylum, which was the day before the shootings in Connecticut, McDermott’s home state. He has posted thoughtful words of support since then on his Twitter and Facebook accounts. But there’s still a bundle of new information, just step right up to the below link!
Now here’s some juicy tidbits to whet your appetite (all from the above-linked article © Erin Willard, the Editor In Chief of SciFiMania).
Darkmedia.com: I was wondering if you worked at all, directly, with Zach Quinto on your characterization of the son [of] “Bloody Face,” or if anything you watched him do prior to the season informed choices that you made as a character?
D. McDermott I kind of just watched him and picked up a few of his mannerisms. There is one scene coming up where we’re in the same room. I guess in the writer’s room, they put up a picture of me and Zach and Sarah to see in I could be their son, when they were casting it. I guess I passed the test, but I think that we do have some similar qualities in our darker features, so I don’t think it’s much of a leap. But I did kind of try to listen to his voice and look at his mannerisms a little bit.
Q. …Can you tell me a little bit about your character and where you hope he ends up at the end of the season?
D. McDermott: Well, ‘Johnny Thredson,’ obviously he’s a troubled man; so where I hope he goes and where he goes are two different places, but I think he’s got a sole purpose in life and really that is, he feels so scorned by his mother. Everything is about his mother. The reason he’s doing all these horrible things is because he was rejected so harshly by his mother, obviously aborted. His father was a serial killer. His mother aborted him and he still lives. So his whole trajectory in life is really about her.
Eclipse: I actually wanted to ask you, what is the strangest thing that has happened to you on set, or personally, from doing this show.
D. McDermott: Well, I mean if you watched all the episodes, you know that I’ve had to do some strange things clearly, but it was part of the ride when I talked to Ryan [Murphy] about this show. Obviously the cry-bating and walking around naked, and now I’m playing a serial killer; in terms of doing American Horror Story, this is what comes with the dinner. So you just have to be up for it.
Q. …obviously it’s early yet, but would you see yourself coming back for the third series, if Ryan came up with another big idea for you?
D. McDermott: Yes, I mean I love this show. I just think it’s just really—if I wasn’t on the show, I’d be watching it; so I’m a fan of this show as much as an actor on the show. So whatever—like I said before, I really trust Ryan and he has a great instinct with me. If he asks me to come back on, of course.
Starry Constellation: I was wondering if there is anything about this particular character that you added to the role that wasn’t originally scripted for you?
D. McDermott: Yes, you’ll see him in, I think in the next episode, I started smoking some crack. [Horror Boom note: Heard a rumor about this but laughed it off. Bloody Face ON CRACK. Like he’s not enough of a wild card, hey, let’s add a crack habit!] I don’t think that was in it. I wanted him to be—I needed him to have an outlet for it and then when I started smoking crack, they started putting it into scenes. So that was an important thing that I wanted him to be high because a lot of these guys are high and a lot of people do, obviously, terrible things on drugs. It was important for me to have him to be a drug addict as well.
We guess it could be worse; Bloody Face Jr. could be on “bath salts” (when you take that poison, you don’t have to even be a homicidal maniac with a notorious serial killer for a dad in order to do completely insane shit like run around stark naked and rip off a total strangers face), though I don’t think crack is exactly a great choice for him.
Yup, you heard it here
first: OK, second: Bloody Face on Crack! HOW COOL IS THAT?!
Uh, we mean, drugs are bad, m’kay? Especially crack. Though maybe smoking a little weed once in a while would keep Bloody Face from hearing voices telling him to hurt/kill women, and he’d just stay at home and watch cartoons.
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