Outside With ‘Grimm’s’ Favorite Wolfman, Silas Weir Mitchell

The “Grimm” troupe is three episodes away from finishing production of its first season, with the cast and crew of that NBC supernatural crime drama in good spirits as they near the finish line.

“I don’t know that we’re a huge hit, but certainly a hit enough.  It exceeds most expectations,” notes Silas Weir Mitchell, who plays the series’ good wolfman, Monroe.  “Being on Friday is a nice element, because I think the expectations, viewership-wise, are less on a Friday.  We’re doing really well with Live+7, which is anybody who watches it on DVR or on demand within seven days of the original airdate.  As far as that metric goes, we’re doing very well.”

Mitchell is known for having played a string of disturbed and/or disturbing characters on “Prison Break” (as “Haywire” Patoshik), “Burn Notice” (as unstable arms dealer Seymour) and other shows.  He laughs when asked whether he yearns to play a regular sort, say a suburban dad or office worker.

“I don’t know about playing ‘regular,’ per se, but I think it would be fun to play someone whose rhythms are slower and kind of more delicate, than Monroe, whose brain fires at a certain speed,” he says.  “I love the bouncy, firecracker mind, but I think it would be fun to play someone deliberate, just as a change of pace.”

The actor is grateful that he hasn’t had to endure as many hours in the makeup chair as some might expect for the transformation into his creature alter ego.  He tells us that the team shot sequences of Monroe, the Blutbad, doing various movements all at once, and has interspersed them through the season, as needed.  “The guy who has really had to take it on the chin in terms of schedule is David Giuntoli,” he says of the series’ lead.  “Especially at the beginning, it was really all about him and stuff he was doing.  Now, as the story has entrenched itself and grown roots, there are more people involved in the story and it’s a little easier on him.”