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Interview with Tony Denison of "Major
Here is the
audio of our interview. I hope you
enjoy it! He was a really nice, regular guy, just like he
plays on the show (a lot smarter than Flynn, though, and not
as messed up).
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this link and save it to your computer. It should work
better that way!
Suzanne: On the June 29th episode, "Turn Down," it's a
light and fun episode, right? Those are always fun.
Tony: Yes, fun for the audience, and fun for us doing them.
Suzanne: What can you tell us about it and what Andy is up
to in that episode?
Tony: Buzz is having his first ride-along with Flynn and
Provenza as a reserve police officer, and they get into some
trouble...like they often do with these lighter episodes. He
tries to do everything by the book, how he's learned, and
they try to tell him that sometimes, you have to do things a
little differently than what the book says, as things change
in the field.
Suzanne: Considering how much trouble Flynn and Provenza
have gotten into in the past, I don't think I would listen
to them, if I were Buzz.
Tony: Yes, although less trouble now than they used to, when
they were cutting more corners, as it were. I'm just glad to
be working with G.W. Bailey, always, any time. I love the
chance to do that.
Suzanne: Flynn and Provenza are good friends on the show.
Are you guys good friends in real life, too?
Yes, we are good friends. We all love working together.
Suzanne: Are you enjoying Andy's romance with Sharon
these past two seasons?
Tony: You mean hashtag #Shandy? You betcha. You know, as an
actor I've loved Mary McDonald's work and I love watching
it. As an actor, the opportunity to work with her is really
thrilling. As an actor and as a man to be involved in an
ongoing or developing a blossoming relationship, is
Suzanne: Do we get to see more of that this season?
Tony: Oh yes! I can't give it away but there's a funny bit
coming up. It's just a portion of the episode. Flynn
tormented by something and Clement is just needling him. I
can't give it away because that would give away part of the
Suzanne: I've watched this show and the Closer for years. I
have my own opinion about the characters. If you had to
describe Andy, what would you say about his character (his
good points and his flaws)?
Tony: Well, Andy is that friend that everybody wishes they
had. That really loyal watch-ya-back kinda guy. In one way
he's sorta cut and dry about a lot of things. There is a
gray area for Andy. I don't know how much of Andy is me. I
like to think myself loyal. I like to think I watch my
friends' backs. Andy can be off-putting and sometimes he can
be very blunt, very direct. That's something that I know I'm
not, but maybe there's a part of me that wants to be and why
I'm able to do this so well is because of Andy. All the good
points are fun to be portrayed particularly. There are also
less than stellar character traits.
Suzanne: Any good guest stars coming up that you can tell us
Tony: Next week Joe Regalbuto is on the show. I can't give
away who's playing his wife but once you see her you'll be
like "oh my god". Are there good episodes coming up with
interesting guest stars? Yes. If I tell you specific
episodes with their names it will seem like I'm picking
favorites. I love working with actors. I'm an actor and I
won't say well, that guy was better than that guy. I just
try to find a way to enjoy it all.
Suzanne: What else can you tell us about this season ?
Tony: All I know is that the hashtag #Shandy is happening.
Man the torpedoes. Full speed ahead. We'll see what happens.
You'll see how it unfolds. I'm not trying to be coy but I
don't know exactly how it unfolds. I don't wanna know. As an
actor I just want to be surprised, just like you all
watching at home. It's exciting that way. Keeps it fresh. If
you know what's going to happen in the next episode that
might affect how you perform in the current one. You rob
yourself of any discovery you have in that particular
Suzanne: Do they ever tell you ahead of time that you got a
secret that nobody else knows about but you gotta know the
secret in order to play it?
Tony: No, I don't ask. Nor do I want to.
Suzanne: Any other movies or shows you have coming out?
Tony: I have a couple that I'm working on as a producer.
When they get greenlit, believe me. I will talk about them.
Suzanne: Are you active on any social networks?
Tony: Yes, I'm on Twitter-
Also, I tweet live with my fans
on Monday nights for the
East Coast airing of the episode.
Suzanne: Have the fans been everything you thought they
would be before you got on social media?
Tony: Oh yeah. I am so pleased by any of the attention I get
and the show gets. And I mean that. I really do love it.
It's so rewarding.
Suzanne: Good! Thank you so much for the interview.
Tony: My pleasure! Thank you, Suzanne.
Thank you to
Jake for helping me with questions and transcription!
a departure from their more serious work, TNT’s Major
Crimes is back with their annual light-hearted
episode featuring Tony
Denison (Sons of Anarchy,
Prison Break). What we can expect in this episode -
During his first drive-along as a Reserve Officer, Buzz
Watson (Phillip P. Keene) discovers a dead body in a hotel
room bathtub, not only threatening an extremely expensive
wedding, but also Flynn (Denison)
and Provenza’s (G.W. Bailey) plans to take the division to a
Fourth of July Dodger’s game.
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