‘Billions’ keeps adding up for David Costabile

Showtime drama series returns for Season 4

David Costabile

If you’re crafty hedge-fund manager Bobby “Axe” Axelrod of “Billions,” you need somebody you can trust.

His right-hand man — played by David Costabile — is Mike “Wags” Wagner, who can get dirty protecting Axe’s dealings on the New York-set drama series that starts its fourth season Sunday, March 17, on Showtime and (in Canada) The Movie Network. In the first new episode, Axe (Damian Lewis) comes to the rescue of the rough-around-the-edges yet very well-spoken Wags, who vanishes while trying to keep Axe’s business afloat after a major betrayal by analyst turned rival Taylor Mason (Asia Kate Dillon).

“I have so much fun doing it, it’s almost illegal,” the good-humored Costabile says of his “Billions” role, “and throughout this season, I get to be fully Wags. The writers like challenging themselves, and they certainly like challenging me to do more and more outrageous and insane things. They and I have an equally fun time trying to jump over the bar they’ve set, which is high.”

Costabile credits fellow stage veteran Lewis with bringing equal comfort to the Axe-and-Wags relationship: “There’s just a commonality about how we work that is really easy between the two of us. I think there is a great generosity about the two of us working together to make something slightly comedic. We don’t even talk about how we’re going to do it.”

Also featured in Netflix’s Motley Crue biography “The Dirt” – which starts streaming Friday, March 22 – Costabile enjoys a certain perk “Billions” guarantees. “Everybody on that set loves food and talking about food and spending time with food,” he muses. “We get to eat great food, and that is something we all look forward to.”

Birthdate: Jan. 9, 1967

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Current residence: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Marital status: Married; has two daughters

Other television credits inciude: “Murphy Brown,” “Better Call Saul,” “Dig,” “The Blacklist,” “Suits,” “House,” “The Office,” “Breaking Bad,” “The Wire,” “Flight of the Conchords”

Movie credits include: “The Dirt,” “The Post,” “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi,” “Foreclosure,” “Runner Runner,” “Somewhere Slow,” “Side Effects,” “Lincoln,” “Henry’s Crime,” “The Bounty Hunter,” “Solitary Man,” “Notorious,” “Afterschool,” “Prime,” “Stolen Summer,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” “Isn’t She Great,” “Cradle Will Rock,” “The Siege”

Stage credits include: “Caroline, or Change,” “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” “The Tempest,” “Titanic,” “Translations”

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin

Jay Bobbin has decades of experience covering the television and movie businesses, winning Tribune Media Services’ Crown Jewel Award in 2008 for his performance in the company. Over those many years of interviewing and writing, he has spoken with everyone from Robert De Niro and John Travolta to Paul McCartney and Tony Bennett … from Meryl Streep and Julie Andrews to Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood.

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