The breakout success of Roger Bart
The breakout success of Roger Bart -- The ''Desperate Housewives'' star talks about how he handles newfound stardom
He’s been a gay homemaker (in last year’s Stepford Wives remake), a flamboyant houseboy (in The Producers on Broadway — and in next month’s film adaptation), and a beagle (in his Tony-winning performance as Snoopy in 1999’s You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown). But 43-year-old Roger Bart has finally found the prescription for breakout success as George Williams, the hysterically homicidal pharmacist attempting to romance Marcia Cross’ Bree Van De Kamp, on Desperate Housewives.
Did George slip Bree a roofie at that hotel two weeks ago, or what? That’s up to the viewer to decide. The funny thing is that I don’t even know. The assumption is that we ended up fornicating anyway. I looked very happy there at the end.
Did you log any extra hours at the gym in order to hoist Bree’s shrink over the bridge? [Laughs] Uh, no. I’ve spent so much personal money on psychiatrists, to me it was just a great way of venting.
Your daughter is a sophomore at the University of Pennsylvania. Do she and her friends watch the show? I’m going down there to see her do Sally Bowles [in Cabaret] soon. Apparently they’re all terrified to meet me.
In the Producers movie, all the performances are as big as they were on stage. Was that scary to do in front of a camera? You run the risk of it being icky and over-the-top. But the audience is going to see so many of the details that only up to row G could really see [in the theater]: the lifted eyebrows, the double blinks, the triple takes.
If you look at the four characters you’re best known for, it’s two gay guys, a murderer, and a dog. In real life, you’re none of the above. So which is closest to you? Oddly, it’s Snoopy. He meets life with a great sense of love, gratitude, and amusement. And I’ve been called a dog before.