“Deadwood” villain Al Swearengen’s reaction to Thursday’s Emmy nomination was unprintable.
But the actor who plays him, Ian McShane, was considerably more restrained after hearing that he will vie for the Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series. He was happy that HBO’s Wild West show earned 11 nominations in all, including best drama series.
“I’m thrilled for (series creator) David (Milch),” McShane said from London where he’s filming the new Woody Allen movie. “He’s written an extraordinary show, extraordinary characters.”
McShane, who learned the Emmy news from his mother-in-law, said he’s looking forward to the new season, which begins the second week of August in Los Angeles. He said the town, previously lawless, will start to come to terms of more law and bureaucracy in the form of elections this season.
McShane, who didn’t receive a best-actor Emmy nomination last year, did win a Golden Globe award for the role in January. “The Emmy would fit very nicely with the Golden Globe,” he said.
He will compete for the Emmy with James Spader (“Boston Legal”), Hugh Laurie (“House”), Hank Azaria (“Huff”) and Kiefer Sutherland (“24”). The winner will be unveiled Sept. 18 during a ceremony at the Shrine Auditorium.