Garret Dillahunt (“Ghosts of Beirut”) video interview

“I don’t know why I find it so easy to blend in with people,” the “Ghosts of Beirut” star wonders Garret Dillahunt. For our recent web chat, he continues, “I think it’s almost a need to not be myself. I don’t put myself through painful stereotyped acting exercises to get into a headspace. As a failed writer, perhaps I place such a high value on writing. I just want to serve the story. When you come in with egolessness, it’s very easy to undermine your own and just surrender to the story and let it flow through you. Watch our exclusive video interview above.

“Ghosts of Beirut” is a four-part limited series premiering on show time later this month. It explores the real manhunt for terrorists Imad Mughniyeh during the 1980s. Dillahunt, who also starred in ‘No Country For Old Men’, explains, ‘This is, in a way, ‘No Country for Old Men’ for terrorism. This was a new kind of terrorist that we hadn’t seen before. We couldn’t handle it and we’re still dealing with the consequences of that today with US policy.

Dillahunt plays CIA director, William Francis Buckley, who tries to find out who was behind a deadly explosion in Lebanon. The actor reveals: “From what I could tell, he was kind of a blunt instrument. He was very confident that he would go in and make this right, but he had weaknesses. He struggled to vary his routine “He was overconfident. And he didn’t know his enemy as well as he should. By all accounts, he was a good fellow, but perhaps not the right man for the job.”

Late last year, Dillahunt also produced and starred in the Amazon Freevee comedy “Sprung.” In that show, he played Jake, who is offered a place to stay after his release from prison when he joins a new criminal operation. Dillahunt says, “It was great to have a character explore things for the first time. He was locked up for the last 26 years and there were a lot of technological changes. Like cell phones. Half the fun was Jack discovering very ordinary things for us and realizing how unusual are the things we have become accustomed to.”

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