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Michael C. Hall Talks About Playing A Different Type Of Killer In Cold In July
Posted by Joseph Lee on 05.22.2014

In an interview with IGN, Michael C. Hall spoke about his character in Cold in July, which will be released tomorrow in theaters and VOD.

Here's a synopsis: Richard Dane, a father and husband living in Texas becomes a reluctant murderer when his home is invaded one night. Dane is pulled into a violent underworld when Ben Russell (Sam Shepard), the father of the man he shot, begins to stalk and harass he and his family. When it becomes clear that the police are attempting to cover up some of the details of the shooting, and possibly the true fate of Russell's son, the pair connect with a private detective/old army pal of Russell's (Don Johnson) in order to get to the truth.

Here are highlights:

On why Dane chooses to do what he does: "I think he's a guy whose life is going along just fine on paper. I think he wonders if his son really likes him. He sometimes wonders if he really likes his son. I think his wife wears the pants in his family, to a degree. I think he feels kind of ineffectual, in a way. But you know what I think a really key moment for me in this film is when Richard [Hall's character] says, 'I've been waiting for something big like this. I think that's true. I think he's a guy who feels like life has happened to him his whole life, and he's ready to happen to life. I think once things start to spiral into chaos, he can't -- in spite of being somewhat ill-equipped -- he can't turn back. He doesn't want to be a patsy. I think that's what it's about. I think it's a desire to claim some sense of agency and power for himself."

On the difference between Dane and Dexter: "I don't think he's primally motivated by some sense of awakened bloodlust. I think he's motivated by a desire to see this thing through and not bail out and not settle to be someone else's chess piece. And, in spite of the fact that it's absolutely horrifying what's going on, he is having the time of his life. It's the most interesting thing that's ever happened to him. In a way, it's a very reckless thing for him to do. He's putting his family in jeopardy in as much as he could very well be killed. But I think he's at a point where he knows he can't walk away now. He can't go back to who or how or where he was. He has to move forward."

On the film being styled like an 80s movie: "It's not necessarily an homage. But it is indebted to movies from that period. I think it's a testament to [director] Jim Mickle's skill. I think it actually feels like you're there in another time."


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