When speaking about the potential of getting the “Deadwood” cast back together for a long-rumored movie or reunion, Gerald McRaney tells Gold Derby, “If the rest of them are like me, you’ll drop pretty much whatever you can drop to go work with [showrunner] David Milch again. The writing is just so brilliant that it makes acting a pleasure.” The “Deadwood” discussion begins at the 9:13 mark in our exclusive interview above, in which McRaney also chats about all of the Emmy buzz he’s earning for NBC’s “This Is Us.”
McRaney played George Hearst on the final season of “Deadwood,” a cutthroat villain to viral even Ian McShane‘s Al Swearengen. Hearst traveled to the lawless town in his never-ending quest to control its gold, but hit a snag when Alma Garrett Ellsworth (Molly Parker) refused to sell her land. “He regarded human beings as just other pieces of mining equipment,” recalls McRaney about Hearst.
The “Deadwood” cast is immense (see our photo gallery down below), which prompts McRaney to wonder whether a revival will ever happen. “I don’t know how that’s gonna work because all the people are off doing other things. So it’s gonna be a hard thing to get them all available at the same moment in time to do it.”
“I’ve done a lot of things where you have to sort of strain to make the material better than it is … so you find yourself acting your left foot off,” adds McRaney about his long career. “And with guys like David you don’t have to. It’s such a pleasure to just be the actor and not have to fix anything, not make any suggestions, not any of that stuff.”
Also in our interview the “This Is Us” scene-stealer fondly remembers his “Deadwood” co-star the late Powers Boothe. McRaney talks about his classic TV roles from “Simon & Simon” to “Major Dad” to “Designing Women,” and shares what it’s like playing Dolly Parton‘s grandfather in NBC’s “Coat of Many Colors” telefilms.
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