Kelsey Grammer is a “hopeless romantic” about the world of politics.
The actor – a rare Hollywood Republican, who has said he may seek political office at the end of his acting career – says he still believes that “good people do good things and can affect change.”
“I’m still a bit of an innocent in that way,” he admitted during a teleconference last week. “I mean, my ideal politician is a guy that is just honest and tells the truth and believes in the American way, is just honest and truthful, allows people to become their best. That’s the kind of politician I would try to be.”
For now, the 58-year-old newlywed (he married 4th wife Kayte Walsh in April) will have to settle for being a politician on TV. In “Boss” – premiering Friday, October 21 on Starz – Grammer stars as corrupt Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, who is struggling to keep his empire from falling apart while battling a degenerative brain disease.
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Here’s what the star himself had to tell us about his first dramatic TV role:
GRAMMER’S CHARACTER IS BASED ON…NOBODY. “The Daley family were concerned at one point. I sat down with Mayor Daley shortly after he left office and assured him that we were not going to be doing a tale about him and his family or his culture or his history…
“We didn’t really try to do some kind of indictment of city politics as we know it, because we know nothing about it; honestly, we’re guessing. We know about the history of city politics, certainly Chicago city politics.”
THE STORY BORROWS FROM SHAKESPEARE. “We’re taking a modern day scenario and lending classic tragic elements to it to play out on that stage.
“People talk, you know, ‘It’s not a Shakespeare piece…’ We don’t want to alienate anybody from the show by saying ‘Oh dear God, we’re going to tune-in to a Shakespeare play!
“But the kind of world this whole intrigue and betrayal and violence and implied violence and sort of a simmering plot of, you know, people can die was what we wanted to have in the body of the show, in the implied language of the show.”
“We all have, you know, our own history of damage and tragedy and upset and betrayals that have come along for the ride in all our daily lives. But mine has been rich, of course, in stories and well documented, and a lot of that is bound to surface or at least surface in the viewers’ minds as they watch the show I think.”
GRAMMER PAL ROBERT PLANT PERFORMS THE THEME. “We sat down after one of his shows and I started saying I’m doing this new show Robert and I’d love to use something from his latest album, you know, the “Band of Joy” album, that he put that together. I mean, it’s just terrific and I just think – and he looked at me and said well, you know, how about taking Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down? And I was like yes, okay, that’s pretty good.