Interview: Peter Weller talks about Dexter

A recent interview of Peter Weller, (Liddy) on Entertainment Weekly: ''If you watch Dexter, Peter Weller is currently making your head swivel as the corrupt cop/P.I. Stan Liddy. Weller plays Liddy like a human rattlesnake, all slithery menace, and tonight’s episode promises to further stoke the budding Liddy-mania among fans.
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Weller credits Dexter co-producers Manny Coto and Chip Johannessen for bringing him into the world of Dexter:

“Manny and Chip are friends from 24 — they also wrote that wonderful wacko Henderson character for me in the fifth season,” said the Los Angeles-based actor. “And Manny wrote Odyssey 5, in which I also appeared. When they tell you they’re writing a role for you, you can’t help but get some sort of synthetic hard-on for it. So I put the drapery around the character, made him a sort of cocaine cowboy.”

Weller’s take on Liddy: “He’s the dynamic antagonist — not the lead guy Dexter’s going after, but this guy is the thorn in Dexter’s side that’s going after him. I read the script and said, ‘Let’s swing it, man.’”
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Liddy is only the latest in a career full of remarkably diverse characters for Weller. Best known for helping to make 1987′s RoboCop one of the most fascinatingly satiric and mythical of sci-fi action films, Weller has also starred in many fine, underrated movies ranging from Shoot The Moon (1982) to The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (1984) to Screamers (1995), as well as giving a shrewd, precise portrayal of Beat-era novelist, poet, and all-around pork-pie-hatted eccentric William Burroughs in David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Naked Lunch (1991). History buffs know him from his hosting gig on the History Channel series Engineering an Empire.''

Full interview here.

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