Tony Goldwyn talks 'Scandal,’ being nude on stage and more

The actor discusses his new and highly acclaimed play "The Inheritance."
6:03 | 02/19/20

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Transcript for Tony Goldwyn talks 'Scandal,’ being nude on stage and more
You know our next guest from his starring role on the hit TV show "Scandal." And now, he's starting his four-month run in Broadway's "The inheritance." Which is being called the play of the century. Please welcome Tony Goldwyn. Yes! Nice to see you. Nice to see you. Nice to see you. Thanks. Welcome back to the show. Thanks, Michael. Welcome back, man. Yeah, good to see you guys. We love having you. Thank you, thank you. And of course, we're going to start off, because we're like a family here and we all -- I mean, "Scandal" is one of my favorite shows of all time. But you guys -- you guys were really close. It was like a family there. Do you guys still stay in touch? Oh, yeah. I have seen -- we all had drinks the other night. A bunch of us are working in new York. We have a text chain that we talk pretty much daily. We all got together for a weekend in the country a few months ago. Wait a minute. We need to catch up, guys. We need to send them a photo in the group text chat. Here's the text chain. Here we go. Here we go. Here we go, guys. Yeah. I don't think the kidnapping scheme is going to work. I want to hear this show, "The inheritance," this is like a marathon of a show you see it in two seatings, I heard like to the point it almost like makes me emotional to talk about it. It's incredible. It's the best play I have read in 20 years, which is why I wanted to do it. It's in two parts. It is seven hours. It's in two parts. You can see it in one day with a dinner break in between, which is an incredible immersive emotional experience, or you can break it over two days. But it's really brilliant. I have been trying to see it. It's hard to see a regular-size play because I have kids. But I'm going to make it work. We have been talking all morning about the power of this show and how it sits with you for a long time and my producer's like, please see it, Sara, I need to talk to someone. I need to have someone to work this out with. She stayed after I had the shake each hand. She did. She talked to everybody. To say how incredible it is something. You've been in some incredible plays. You really have. This was unusual for you because you had a chance to see the play before you were actually in it? Yeah. Normally, last year I did this show network on Broadway. It was great. But this one a dear friend of mine, a great actor John Benjamin hickey originated this role in London and did it for two years there and they just brought it to Broadway. So, when they knew John couldn't do it and they asked me, they sent me the play, I read 20 pages and I said I have to be a part of this. It's an incredible theatrical presentation. It's very simple -- it's hard to describe if you haven't seen it. It's almost like a ballet. It's also very edgy. There's some nudity. Yeah, there is some nudity. All of a sudden, they all perked up. Thank god I keep my clothes on this one. I'm getting to that age, really? Do you guys get kind of used to it? I have done it -- I did it -- I have actually done it once being naked on stage. The stage is very like simple as you said but there's a lot of choreography, props coming in and has there accidents or funny moments? Yeah, essentially, the story is, you know, it's this group of men dealing with -- actually three generations of gay men in New York City looking back on the legacy of the AIDS epidemic and it's told -- there's a famous book called "Howards end." And the genius writer who wrote this has always been inspired by that book. It's loosely structured on that thing. I'm like Anthony Hopkins as a gay Republican billionaire, so there you have it. Anyway, it's a quite complex epic story in the way our brilliant director did it. It's very simply staged on a bare stage and all of the characters sit around and jump on stage and interact and props come flying out and all of this choreography. Adds scenes start and finish. No real entrance and exit. There's this constant state of flow. If you understood that, I'll give you $500. Anyway, it can get quite dangerous. The other night, one of the actors had to grab a chair and move it and it flew out of his hands. One time I was making, you know, leaving the stage, the platform and someone had left -- some oil spilled on the stage, almost a 3-foot drop, I slipped somehow and I did, you know, obviously, imitating the great Michael Strahan and I landed on my feet somehow. Thank you for coming to see you. And let us know if they'll text you back on the text chain. I will. You can see the inheritance playing at the barrymore theater here in New York City.

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