Who's 'Smash's' Devilish Director Based On?
Jack Davenport talks about the NBC musical drama and his acting influences.
Jack Davenport, stars as Derek Wills, the seductive director/choreographer on NBC's Smash and promises an explosive second season for the show.
“There are lots of cop shows and medical shows, but there’s only one show on TV about Broadway," Davenport t0ld Celebuzz. "And that’s clearly what people come for, so why not double down on that? In many ways, we've done that literally, because now there are two musicals, not one. Broadly speaking, we’re giving more of what people want, we hope."
“Without being too specific, some of Derek’s more questionable interpersonal techniques may come back to haunt him in no uncertain terms,” the actor teased. “What has been interesting is playing a character whose job it is to essentially appear invulnerable, becoming really quite vulnerable at times, so that’s been kind of great.”
The 39-year-old actor also said that Derek is not based on any one director, explaining, “If I did, I probably wouldn't be talking to you right now, I’d be in court!” Rather his diva antics are “possibly filched from one or two directors” that he has worked with.Matt Damon, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow.
“That movie does stand up, doesn't it? It’s a beautiful film to look at. Also, that film represents the only time in my life I’ll be able to say, 'I was in a film and had a bigger part than Philip Seymour Hoffman.' It didn't really work out for him, but that’s OK,” he joked.
“It’s not coal mining, but it has its moments. In truth, I was surrounded by a lot of actors as a kid. I was always beguiled by this unpatronizing, playful group of people. I just wanted to be in that tribe really. I wish I could pretend it was burning ambition, it wasn’t and it still isn’t. I wanted to be in that tribe and now I just want to remain a member of that tribe, that’s it really.”
You may also recognize the actor from the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy in which he played Commodore James Norrington.
Back on dry land, the married father of one is relishing playing the resident bad boy of Broadway.
“The devil always gets the best tunes!” he laughed.
Smash airs Tuesdays at 10PM on NBC.