MICHAEL CHIKLIS, EMMY-AWARD WINNING ACTOR AND STAR OF THE NEW CBS DRAMA “VEGAS,” DISCUSSES HIS CAREER, FAMILY AND ACTING, ON “CBS THIS MORNING”
CHIKLIS ON HIS “VEGAS” CHARACTER: “VINCENT SAVINO WAS A GUY WHO WAS RAISED IN CORRUPTION AND IS TRYING TO LIKEN HIMSELF TO A PHOENIX AND COME OUT OF THAT. ALTHOUGH IT’S VERY DIFFICULT, BECAUSE YOU GET DRAGGED BACK INTO THE MIRE”
Michael Chiklis, Emmy-award winning actor and star of the new CBS drama VEGAS, discussed his career, family and acting with co-host Gayle King live today, Sept. 21, 2012, on CBS THIS MORNING on the CBS Television Network (7:00 AM – 9:00 AM).
Below are excerpts from the interview:
KING: Was it hard for you to drop Autumn [daughter] off [at college]?
CHIKLIS: As parents we spend so much time and effort raising them and loving them and nurturing them and then all of a sudden one day you’re driving away. I put on a good face and I smiled, and helped her with all of her stuff and moved her into the dorm room, and then my wife and I, we just got out of the parking lot, well, we didn’t even make it out of the parking lot. I thought we would break down in the breakdown lane. As it turns out, we were just weeping like children.
KING: I have to say I’m smitten with your wife, Michelle, because her joy when you were nominated for an Emmy was so infectious the way that she screamed. I’ve never forgotten that. In reading about you, after the movie “Daddio,” you said you and your wife sat down together and said you no longer wanted to play the roly-poly likeable guy. You guys decided what?
CHIKLIS: I’ll never forget the quote because it was so quotable what she said to me. I was frustrated. I was voicing how there’s so many different things I can do and nobody knows this. She leveled me with that look that she gives me and she said, “Michael, it’s not incumbent upon the networks and the studios to reinvent you. It’s incumbent upon you to reinvent yourself.” It just hit me in the head. I just thought, “You know what? You’re right. I have to do the work. I have to do what I need to do to change the perception.”
KING: And now here we are. They said VEGAS is sort of cowboys versus gangsters. You’re playing the gangster and you said he doesn’t wear a black hat, he wears a navy blue.
CHIKLIS: If my role in "The Shield," Vic Mackey, was about a cop who started as an idealist and ended up spiraling into corruption, then Vincent Savino was a guy who was raised in corruption and is trying to liken himself to a phoenix and come out of that. Although it’s very difficult, because you get dragged back into the mire. It’s a theme we’ve seen in film before, particularly the “Godfather” franchise.
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