Tonight Andrew McCarthy will appear on the season finale of USA’s “White Collar.” He will reprise his role of Vincent Adler, the mentor who taught Neil Caffrey (Matt Bomer) everything he knows about the art of the con. In a recent conference call interview, we found out ten things that Andrew McCarthy knows about TV, movies, travel and donuts.
1. On The Current State of Television
“When I started acting, 100 years ago, in the early ‘80s, you only did the television show if your movie career was over. Now I’d say most of the best writing is on television. And movies are a different beast entirely. There’s the big blockbusters and then occasionally, there’s some little interesting movies that come along that somehow get made and 12 people are in them. I think it’s a real golden age for television for sure.”
2. On Preferring TV to Movies
“TV is faster, period. And sometimes that’s a good thing… I enjoy the TV pace. You’re always under the clock, but that’s not the actor’s problem. It’s a director’s problem.”
3. On Comparing Acting to Donuts
“If you do a movie and say you have maybe two good days. You have two really bad days. And you have about 20 days that are just going to work and you just do it… Movie making and TV making is like making the donuts. It’s a great donut factory job. It’s a great job, but you’re making the donuts.”
4. On Getting Into Acting as a Kid
“I acted when I was a kid because it was what I found that made me feel most like the way I wanted to feel. So it was a way out, or a way in, for me. It saved my life in certain ways and changed my life, certainly, and gave a form and structure to my life.”
5. On His Favorite Roles
“I played Henry Miller in a film called “Quiet Days in Clichy” a long time ago that I liked quite a lot. “Heaven Help Us”… a movie I did very early on in the mid ‘80s, is my favorite movie I did of that period of time. With all those “Pretty in Pink” and “St. Elmo’s Fire,” and all that, I thought that movie was actually the one that was the most interesting to me. Although I thought the part in “St. Elmo’s Fire” was a terrific part for me at that time. It was a perfect match of me and part. I loved doing Weekend at Bernie’s. I thought that that was quite fun and stupid and that kind of comedy I really enjoy doing… I thought this part was quite fun. It was just delicious and juicy and without any sort of responsibility.”
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