The Campaign’s Dylan McDermott on unleashing his inner political enforcer, with just a hint of Karl Rove…
And McDermott says he didn’t have to look too deep to play Tim Wattley, a political fixer willing to win at any cost.
“I don’t live my life that way. But there’s probably that guy somewhere inside me or I wouldn’t be able to play him. As an actor I day dream and imagine what the guy does, what he eats, what kind of underwear he wears, where he hangs out, where he grew up, what clothes he wears and what his relationship with women is like. I just fantasise and then all of a sudden he comes,” he says.
“I did take a little bit of Karl Rove, but I really just found that guy inside me somewhere. He just came out,” he says.
McDermott, who stars alongside Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis in the political comedy, appears to sympathise with the tough job spin doctors have when it comes to cleaning up somebody else’s mess.
“I find it is fascinating, actually,” he admits. “It can be done and it is done every day. So it’s pretty exciting to play that. I look at my character as an assassin. He comes in and just gets it done at any cost. He’s an enforcer.”