Keith Carradine as Skerritt in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.
Keith Carradine and the music of Nashville
As if I wasn’t loving my new obsession, Dexter, enough…
What can you tell us about season four?
“My dad’s doing an episode. My father’s in an episode – this week we’ve been shooting that. My father, Keith Carradine, plays this washed up — sort of never was — TV cowboy actor. He runs a dude ranch that I take Burt to for our anniversary. And that’s hilarious. It’s really great. It’s great seeing him in his Deadwood look but doing comedy. I didn’t work with my father. Garret’s character killed my father’s character on Deadwood.”
What is it like working with your father?
“It was really fun working with my father. It was really, really fun. We’d never done it before. I’m glad it was a comedy, because we got to keep things light and easy and fun. My father – he can really do anything. He can ride a horse. He sings. He plays guitar. He can be serious. He can play murderers. He can play cops. He can play funny people. I mean, he really can just – he’s just so – everyone on set fell in love with him immediately. The first thing he shot was him galloping in in a really tight circle on a horse around Garret and I. On the first take, he just nailed it. Nailed it! It was really exciting.”
Have you gone to your dad for acting advice?
“My father and I really give too much advice about stuff. I grew up in New York; my father lived here in California. We had kind of very separate lives and I didn’t really get into acting with him really. It wasn’t until I got much older and had an established career for awhile that we really started comparing notes, I would say. That’s really what we do: we compare notes. We both commiserate or we laugh or we tell jokes. Or we tell each other stories. There’s not a whole lot of really advice giving.”
What does “comparing notes” look like?
“It mostly has to do a lot of noting of irony and laughing about things in the business and noting the way the business has changed over the years, which it has. It changed between my father’s early beginnings and my early beginnings and now it’s just completely unrecognizable to both of us. [Laughs] But you know, that’s the actor’s life. We mostly talk about how actors really, their biggest job in life is to just roll with it. Just go with it. Accept the ups and downs. Accept that some years are going to be green and flush and happy and good, and some years are going to be dried up and you’re going to be broke and wondering when the next paycheck is. It’s the nature of our lives. You just have to surrender and go with it.”
So Keith has a new movie that’s supposed to be shooting next year: Chesapeake, about a waterman who rescues a young boy from drowning.
It’s directed by Eric Hurt, who did the horror movie House Hunting that starred Hayley DuMond (who is in this too) and seemed to get pretty decent reviews as far as I saw. I assume this is a way low-budget affair which always makes me wary that it might not actually happen. However they’ve got a nice little pre-production documentary and it sounds like a very interesting film (evoking a bit of Beasts of the Southern Wild, I’m thinking?). I’m always up for some strange families of choice, Keith and Hayley have chops, and the kid here, JP Vanderloo, seems pretty cool. So I really hope it all works out.
2x12: Deb is about to get on a plane to go and start a new life with the man she loves… But she gets a phone call telling her that her brother’s in trouble, so she doesn’t go. Things really do not go well for her after that.
8x12: Dex is about to get on a plane to go and start a new life with the woman he loves… But he gets a phone call telling him that his sister’s in trouble, so he doesn’t go. Things really do not go well for him after that.
Moral of Dexter: regardless of the life-or-death situation, regardless of how much you love your family, get on the goddamn plane.