I fucking love, love, love Ian McShane’s performance as the spectacularly foul-mouthed Machiavelli of the Wild West, Al Swearengen on Deadwood.
And then, I read his comments about Deadwood basically getting cancelled, and I grew to love him even more:
“I thought the whole thing was handled shabbily,” the actor says by phone from Los Angeles. “But what the f-, HBO and ‘Deadwood’ have been very good to me. [The show’s] Al Swearengen has been one of the great characters of my career.
“However, I think what’s been lost in everybody slapping each other on the back, with a possible two two-hour movies to wrap up the series after this season, is that ‘Deadwood’ is one of the most acclaimed series on TV. A truly great show. So I was initially shocked. And now I’m sad.”
“You’ll never know what the f- really happened,” he says. “And we’ll see if the two-hour movies come to fruition or not. Part of me prefers it to six one-hour shows, because in a two-hour movie you can play with space and time and cover more material. But I do find it hard to believe that anyone wouldn’t think that the onset of a new series by David Milch [creator of “Deadwood,” as well as “NYPD Blue”] might not affect the old one.”
“But the f-ing story of ‘Deadwood’ wasn’t finished, man. So I’m sad about it being canceled like this.”
So the fuck are the rest of us, Ian.