Dylan McDermott on Playing 'Campaign' Villain

Actor discusses working on the new film with Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis.
3:56 | 07/26/12

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I'm back out here in times square. dylan McDermott stars in "the campaign" with will ferrell and zach galifianakis. He's the campaign manager. The focus words that come up about you are odd, clammy, probably serbserbian. That's an old one. If you want to help this district, the first thing you have to do marty is win. Boy, you're the ultimate cold-blooded handler there. Oh, yeah, typecasting. Any models. That whole world. I met a few of those people if washington. To win, as you know now, the political climate, you have to be one of these guys. You clearly are definitely in character there. I heard in some of your past movies, you stay in character the whole time. Did you do this on this one? On this set, you're trying to get through a take without laughing. You're just -- you're just busting up. I mean, really, because they're coming up with ne stuff all the time. It was a total blast. I can imagine. They were here earlier in the week. It must have been so much fun. Most people think of me as very serious. On "the practice." And "american horror stories." Our weatherman at wxyz in detroit said, you don't do comedies. Why this one? People around me know that I'm very funny. For whatever reason, I've only been cast if serious role os. I did a table read for stepbrothers but I couldn't do it. You wanted to do them before? I did. They all believed in me. They wrote this role for me in "the campaign." You're known for your serious role. We went back to the video vault. The first movie. Hamburger hill. 25 years ago. Wow, you look exactly the same. 25 years ago. Yeah. Oh, my goodness. I see you on the top taking pictures of any of my people -- that one, you did stay if character all the time. That movie, I was all theay in. That was four months in the philippines and a rough shoot. My first movie. You knew it was a real big break. Something in the news lately. We're getting a lot of questions online. You can't say much about it. Your mom was murdered 45 years ago. Just 5 years oel. Just recently, with your help, the case was finally solved. They reached a conclusion. Is there anything you can say about it? I imagine it gave you some peace. I want to keep my personal life personal. I'm here to talk about "the campaign." I'd rather keep to it myself. All right. We're going to respect that. A different movie, trying to keep terrorists from taking over the white house. Oh, yeah. I'm doing a movie this fall. Come meetly different from the campaign. We're calling it diehard in the white house. And anto iine is directing. Thank you so much.

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