While Dylan McDermott is entrenched in the thick of the battle for the White House in the new action thriller "Olympus has Fallen," his thoughts in a recent interview were focused on both Washington, D.C., and Minnesota.
McDermott told me that he's a big fan of Minneapolis, and with a rich background in theater including a role in Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" on Broadway, the acclaimed actor has his sights set on coming here to do a play the Guthrie.
"Tell them to offer me a play -- I'll be there," McDermott enthused. "I know the theater is very established and very renowned, and I've always respected it."
Of course, in addition to stage and film, McDermott has had a very successful television career, including a starring role in the first season of "American Horror Story" and a pivotal supporting role in the second season, "American Horror Story: Asylum."
McDermott worked quite often opposite Minnesota native Jessica Lange in the first season of "AHS." And while he and Connie Britton played the new owners of a house with a murderous past who were at odds with Lange's evil neighbor character -- the actor said in reality he thinks the world of the acclaimed Oscar- and Emmy-winner.
"Working with her was extraordinary, because you learn so much from her. She just literally wipes the screen with you because she's so great and you're just trying to hold on," McDermott said of the Cloquet native. "I'm just a big fan. When you're around that kind of greatness it's awesome. It's staggering. She possesses that gift that only a few actors have."
"Olympus has Fallen," starring McDermott, Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett, Rick Yune and Morgan Freeman, opens in theaters Friday.
See the trailer for the film below.
Bring Me The News film critic Tim Lammers is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and annually votes on the Critics Choice Movie Awards. Locally, he reviews films on “KARE 11 News at 11” and WCCO Radio. As a feature writer, Tim has interviewed more than 1,000 major actors and filmmakers throughout his career and his work is syndicated nationwide.