Q: Playing Bill Hollister on “Deputy” looks like a role where you get beat up a little, no?
A: Yeah, you get sore. I’m on horses a lot and Bill loves his horses and he also drives fast in his ’78 Bronco. He’s kind of old school but yet very modern and very open to learning and understanding people, so the better he is at that the better he can do his job.
And yeah, it’s been an interesting experience, very different from what I made with “True Detective,” just because it’s more episodes of this, this is an ongoing thing if it works. You don’t get all the scripts, you wait. You don’t really know where this is going. It’s all in the hands of these writers in a room (chuckles). So it’s a bit of a different experience for me but at the same time, I love my character and that’s the most important thing. If I don’t believe in who I’m playing, then I don’t want to be there.
Q: Did you do all the driving scenes?
A: Yeah, I did a lot of my own driving. I mean, that was some of the craziest s… I’ve ever done. And actually that’s one thing I love about (director) David Ayer is he’s really not afraid. He’d be in the back of that Bronco laying down with a little monitor as I’m bailing through these alleys. And the production was humongous, bigger than any movie I’d ever seen and I’ve been on some big $100 million movies.
But those alley scenes, they basically gave me downtown L.A. – 20 blocks of freedom – and they basically locked it all up and so I had the whole city to just jam. And if I f… ran into a f… building, I ran into a building. And basically David was right there with me in the back so I was a little nervous at times. And then you have this huge, kind of Russian-Armed Porsche Cayenne next to me and it’s driving right in front of me and they’re talking to me and I’m acting and David’s in the back and it was like some James Bond s…, and that was cool.
George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.