DENNIS QUAID AND MICHAEL CHIKLIS, STARS OF THE UPCOMING CBS DRAMA “VEGAS,” DISCUSS THE BASIS FOR THE SHOW AND THEIR CHARACTERS ON “CBS THIS MORNING”
QUAID TELLS CO-HOSTS GAYLE KING AND ERICA HILL, “IT’S A CLASH OF CULTURES — THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS THAT, I THINK, ATTRACTED BOTH OF US TO IT”
CHIKLIS ADDS, “COWBOYS AND GANGSTERS — WHEN YOU HAVE AN INFLUX OF LITERALLY TENS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AND HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN A VERY, VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, THAT’S GOING TO CREATE SOME DRAMA”
Dennis Quaid and Michael Chiklis, stars of the upcoming CBS drama VEGAS, discussed the basis for the show as well as their characters with co-hosts Gayle King and Erica Hill, live today, May 17, 2012, on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM).
Below are excerpts from the interview.
HILL: Gayle and I got to see the pilot – we both watched it. It’s this wild juxtaposition of Las Vegas, becoming this glitzy city we know now of, and then the Wild West.
QUAID: It’s a clash of cultures — that’s one of the things that, I think, attracted both of us to it. It’s about more than just a crime show. It’s about the building of Las Vegas. About how Las Vegas became what we know it as today. Back then, it was really a one-horse town, and then the influx of the mob, lots of money and clash of cultures with the locals over there.
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KING: Describe your character. That “legitimate” businessman. It’s set in the ‘60s, which I think also adds to the appeal for me.
CHIKLIS: The guys you thought of as purely criminals, you know, that was because they were largely involved in gambling. But the thing is, this was a shot for them to become legitimate. Gambling and prostitution — these things were legal in Nevada — so it presented a huge opportunity. Talk about the American dream of sorts. And as Dennis said, it’s a clash of cultures. Cowboys and gangsters — when you have an influx of literally tens of millions of people and hundreds of millions of dollars in a very, very short period of time, that’s going to create some drama.
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