Dermot Mulroney has been a regular on our screens since the late 1980s, but the actor has become busier than ever in the past few years, raking in as many films as he can in terms of people.
Since the beginning of 2020, he has appeared in love trash Netflix Deadly Illusionromantic drama Hard Luck Love Song, fantasy horror film Brilliant worldand instant favorite Montford: The Chickasaw Rancher, while he has loads of other things on his way including Christmas is canceled, Umma, Agent game, Virgin of Highland Park, Jetty, Together for the trip, Cows, and The Inhabitant.
On top of that, Mulroney returns to the small screen as the nefarious John Carmichael in Amazon Season 3 Hanna, whose CIA suit heads the UTRAX program in a very interesting position, after the events of the Season 2 finale saw him begin making Mireille Enos’ Marissa Weigler bid against his will his wants.
Before the third and final episode aired on November 24, We Got This Covered had the opportunity to speak with Mulroney about his constantly packed schedule, how Carmichael’s journey in Season 3 changed. completely changed the direction of his character, and whether he wishes he’d gotten more action, you can check it out below.
We’ll start by talking about how busy you’ve been; Deadly Illusions is the number one series on Netflix, The Chickasaw Rancher is doing great on Netflix, you’ve shot Agent Game and Along for the Ride, you’ve been on Breakwater and Section Eight, and now we’re talking about Hanna Season 3. So, have you slept any time during the past twelve to eighteen months?
Dermot Mulroney: Goodness, I slept like a baby! And when you put it that way, and… well, I’ll rest again tonight knowing that there’s a lot going on. Thank you for mentioning The Chickasaw Rancher! And tell me more, how do you know that’s working well on Netflix? I’m so excited, especially since it’s Native American Heritage Month.
It broke into the Top 10 and is trending on both Twitter and Reddit. Everyone is talking about it.
Dermot Mulroney: Great! I was very emotional when I heard that news. It’s a movie made with love. And I’m very proud of my participation in it. Thanks for bringing it up.
No problem. Return to Hanna; shows like Hanna, which is about espionage and espionage, they always need someone to bark on command. Without diving too far into spoiler territory, it must be interesting to discover where Carmichael has gone this year?
Dermont Mulroney: Right. I think I was a better match for the barking command than last season. But, if you remember in the last moment of Season 2, Hanna shot me, Marissa Weigler said, “Now you’re working for me”. And that started his Season 3, about three… four days later. Carmichael, nothing is different about him except for a serious wound to his arm, except that the table has been rotated 180 degrees, he has no control. He was told what to do.
His job is to gather as much information as possible about the status of UTRAX’s new assassins, what the program is, and make that information available to those who have been on his side. I have rotated the twists here! But that’s the way Scott Campbell David Farr’s mind works. And so I find myself on a great, great mission this season to turn Carmichael over and look at him from the other side, and see what happens. And what you see is he’s quite rogue, and pretty desperate. And that’s when sh*t hits the fan, basically.
That must be interesting to you as an actor, because he’s basically being placed in an arc of redemption against his will, which is something you don’t often see?
Dermot Mulroney: Exactly exactly. And it’s so obvious, but so subtle. I don’t know…how Hanna the world is, what is more important is what has not been said is what has not been written, what has not been written. And so at the beginning of Season 3, Carmichael was essentially shut down. But he gets sucked in and pulled out, and fights for his own life against his own creations, doesn’t he?
The best villains are the ones who fully believe they’re doing the right thing. Would you say the same is true of Carmichael in Season 2, even though it was just a single incident on a personal level that set things into motion in Season 3?
Dermot Mulroney: Yes, I think he is his own worst enemy, but at the same time his biggest supporter. Like, anyone involved with the ego can be too much in Carmichael’s situation. I think at the heart of things, they will often find themselves misjudging the situation, and he was right. In a drastic way. Of course, he makes that mistake which leads to Marissa actually having him under her thumb.
And then Season 3 starts with him working against his best interests and you know, you know, dark corners, people looking around the wall. I mean, it really celebrates the original spy genre, where the good guys had to act like the bad guys, or vice versa, and they all work against each other. It’s really been a great plot this season. Top notch action and even more heart, in the end it’s a collection of really strong shows.
Especially your scenes with Ray Liotta, they have classic 1970s guys in a room full of smoke. How does it work facing someone like Ray?
Dermot Mulroney: That’s a high point for me. I mean, I was challenged a lot with Esmé Creed-Miles and Mireille Enos, and was very pleased with our mission last year. And really, I know there’s a character there, but I don’t know who’s going to play that role until I know in advance. So reveal to me that it’s Ray Liotta’s really cool, must-do… I think it’s just a scene in the end.
Well, you know, Hanna there’s all of this plot going on at once, but when it’s over, it’s really engaging and that’s true of this scene. As in any scene in the world of Hanna. Because we thought Carmichael was the top dog that ran this whole show, and then it was revealed; zoom out a little bit, and it’s a much bigger show. And it’s really… the underlying purpose of UTRAX is fully defined, and it’s incredibly unsettling, which makes it incredibly compelling, you know? For a spy program.
Carmichael is active in the story on both a physical and mental level, but have you ever seen what Esmé and Mireille were doing and said, ‘I wish I had to do those super intense action scenes’?
Dermot Mulroney: No, no, I’ll take anything! This job, and all my work, whatever it takes. I am very happy to be there. I know what they have to do, it’s incredibly hard work. And I just know that both of them have prepared very well for these roles. Because, you know; fighting, shooting, running, all beautifully executed, safe. And, you know, Carmichael finds herself against her will. But, if you know the scene I’m referring to, he’ll probe deep to get out of himself. In fact, I thought that actor was a stuntman!
So at the end of the day I learned that he’s not a stuntman and that he’s just an actor, so I hope he’s okay! But Carmichael got out of that rut, only falling in a few more times before the credits, so he’s definitely running now. He is on the street. He has a weapon and he is desperate. It really plays a great role for someone that, we were lulled to think like you said, he’s the man behind the curtain, isn’t he? But he’s out on the road this season, so it’s really exciting.
That concludes our interview with Dermot Mulroney. The third and final season of Hanna comes to Prime Video on Wednesday, November 24, and you can watch our interview with co-star Ray Liotta here.
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