Colin Hanks Feeling Good About Going Bad On ‘Dexter’

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Colin Hanks couldn’t have asked for a more dramatic change of pace from his
“The Good Guys” comedy than what he’s got with his current assignment — he plays a hair-raisingly creepy religious fanatic who has a weird relationship with fellow zealot Edward James Olmos in the new season of “Dexter,” which premieres Oct. 2.

“I can’t give much away. Now it’s official that I’m the bad guy, so that’s good. That’s really about the extent of what I can say. We’re still shooting, and I’m afraid if I blab now there’s still time for them to write something really horrible for me to do,” he jokes.

Promos of the sixth season of the Michael C. Hall series suggest the Bible-quoting pair are doing very bad things in the name of the almighty — a violently forced “repentance,” for instance. The season also has Dexter exploring spiritual matters himself, thanks to his encounters with an ex-con named Brother Sam, played by Mos Def.

“I have no idea if it will be controversial or not,” says Hanks.

He does know the show couldn’t have come along at a better time for him –now that he and wife Samantha have baby daughter Olivia at home.

“She’s 7 months old. It’s been great for us to be able to be here together and
for me to stay here. I haven’t worked from home in quite some time, since before I moved to New York for three years,” says the actor, who is also the eldest son of Tom Hanks. Colin, who won the Theater World Award in 2009 for his work in “33 Variations,” also has the big-screen “Guilt Trip” with Barbra Streisand, Seth Rogen, Adam Scott and Yvonne Strahovski on the way.

“I’ve been running around like a headless chicken the last four years, sort of
wrapped up in the circus, as I like to call it,” he says. “I spent all of 2010
in Dallas.”

He’s become used to acting jobs that have him as “a straight man in a comedy.  That’s where my bread has been buttered the last couple of gigs. l love that, love to do comedy. I never would have actively tried to do something as vastly different as this show, because then what happens is, the industry says, ‘No, you’re wrong. You’re wrong for this and you need to be doing that other thing.'”

In fact, when his agent brought up the idea of “Dexter,” Colin says, “I said,
‘Yeah, sure’ — sarcastically, thinking, ‘That will never happen.'”

It’s not the first time he’s played a man of religion, as fans of “Mad Men”
will remember his Father Gill character. “I sort of feel like there’s a
connection there between Father Gill and this character, Travis, but that’s
really it,” Colin says. “Father Gill is a very, very good man. Travis is the
oppsite of that.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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