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“At the time I went to college, I was just a kid,” says Garret. “I had come straight out of high school, and I was just kind of drifting. I didn’t really know what I wanted to do, so I chose journalism because I was big into the school newspaper in high school, and I worked for the Selah Valley Optimist in my tiny hometown [in Washington state] – you know, where you’re your own photographer for stories. I just thought that was a good life.
The very last thing you’d ever want is to be targeted by a cyborg assassin, but that is exactly the predicament future hero John Connor has found himself in on Fox’s sci-fi television series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Sent into the past to murder John, the terminator known as Cromartie has demonstrated enhanced strength, resilience, and tracking abilities. Nonetheless, somehow John and company have narrowly managed to survive every encounter with their relentless adversary, or at least so far. With recent roles in Deadwood, The 4400, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and No Country for Old Men, imposing 6’2″ actor Garret Dillahunt was brought in to bring that unstoppable force to life and become the latest model in the Terminator franchise. “I think Deadwood started me on this path when they were so generous and let me play two different characters,” says Dillahunt. “I’ve always enjoyed those actors who really transform themselves from one role to the next. I liked Cromartie because it was a complete change from the last thing I had done. I thought ‘How will I play a robot and make it unique?’”
Garret Dillahunt is laughing that yet again, he’s playing a character who’s after someone else’s son — on his current television show “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” he’s Cromartie, a Terminator who relentlessly pursues the Connors, and in his upcoming movie “The Road,” out November 26, he’s a nameless gang member who’s another kind of killing machine. But just because his character has no name does not mean it’s a bit part.
“No one has a name in ‘The Road,’” Dillahunt explained. Like Cormac McCarthy’s novel from which it’s adapted, “The Road” features characters such as the man, the boy, the wife, the old man and the veteran. “Viggo Mortensen plays the man,” Dillahunt said. “Kodi Smit-McPhee is the boy, and I play the gang member. We all have names like that, because it’s not important, almost, in this post-apocalyptic world they create.”
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“I was surprised they asked me to be a regular on the show,” he said. “I wouldn’t think a terminator’s life would be that long.” Dillahunt returns to the show’s second season. Expect to see the same sort of physicality as he had the first year. “I guess I haven’t thought about it so much. I enjoy so much about playing it, in fact more than I thought I would. I thought it would be very finite, the things I could do. But then you realize how, not that anyone loves him, but machines you love, you know how you can’t part with them? You know that thing that’s weird, ‘No, I can’t sell my Nova. All the stuff I’ve been through with this car.’ I kind of feel like that. You find these little individual ticks even in the biggest piece of machinery there is, so I’m enjoying that part of finding the way he has no hesitation or he has social unskill. He says hello a little too hard maybe. He’d be that guy, smiles a little too big.”
At first glance, one can’t help but feel slightly intimidated by actor Garret Dillahunt. Not only does he quite literally tower over me, as evidence by the hilarious photo I’ve posted above. The man has made a career out of playing a killer robot sent from the future, an assassin, not to mention Jesus Christ. But thankfully, Mr. Dillahunt wasn’t anything like the characters he is best known for portraying, as I found out recently when he was kind enough to sit down with me at the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel in Los Angeles to talk about what is in store for Cromartie on the upcoming season of TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES.
Garret Dillahunt is everywhere. The highly-regarded character actor has graced our television sets in a prolific manner in previous years, appearing on ER, Book of Daniel, Deadwood, John from Cincinnati, and now Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. He’s also been in some big films, including The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and No Country For Old Men.
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When Garret Dillahunt went on stage this year to accept his SAG Award as a member of the No Country for Old Men ensemble, he found the entire experience surreal. “It was oddly humbling,” he says quietly. “There were all these people in a room that I’ve stolen from, lusted after, or long admired.”
Garret Dillahunt has made a name for himself playing killers. First, he played Wild Bill Hickok’s assassin on HBO’s “Deadwood.” Now, he’s playing another a murderous cyborg on the trail of Sarah and John Connor on Fox’s popular “Terminator” series. Dillahunt has found something to admire about his hardwired slayer. “Terminators have a drive and sense of purpose I think actors could emulate,” says the 43-year-old actor. “They have no guilt, they follow orders, they don’t hesitate. They don’t care what people think. Those are qualities I’d like to keep.”
IGN Movies: I understand you also have an audition scheduled today. Is the audition process starting to be easier for you now that you’re appearing in higher-profile roles, or do you still have to actively pursue parts that you want?
Garret Dillahunt: I guess there’s some of that. Deadwood really helped, but the kinds of projects I’m attracted to are still pretty difficult [laughs]. I’m kind of a bookworm at heart, so projects like No Country for Old Men or Assassination [of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford] are things that I could do my whole life and look back on and be proud of.
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