Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie
Can you talking about working with "American Horror Story" executive producer Ryan Murphy? And will you be in "American Horror Story: Coven"?
You won't be seeing me, because I think it's all women, except for Evan [Peters]. They keep some of the cast, but if they can't fit you into the storyline, you move on to something else. I've moved on to a show on ABC called "Betrayal."
Working with Ryan was only tangentially because I never actually saw him, once we had the first reading. But obviously, his taste and his talent and his genius informed what we did, because it was a bloody good show and a lot of fun to work on. You don't get a chance to acknowledge the people, but we don't work in a vacuum. Without people like Michael Goi and Mark Worthington and that cast and everybody else, you don't stand up here.
How did you get your role on "American Horror Story: Asylum"?
I think I got the role because I was doing a play downtown [in Los Angeles] called waiting for "Waiting for Godot" at the Mark Taper [Forum]. And I [as my "Waiting for Godot" character] was loud and blustery and angry and a fascist. I think they thought, "Yeah, he looks really mean!"
I have done other mean roles, as they say, "bad guy" roles, but it's always nice to play off. I always thought with "L.A. Confidential," [director] Curtis Hanson cast me in that role because everybody expected that Babe's dad could not be the bad guy.
So when I turned around and shot Kevin [Spacey's character], I think they wanted that, you know. "He can't possibly be as bad as they're making him out to be." But I was.