On TNT’s newest drama Dark Blue (premieres tonight at 10 p.m. ET), Dylan McDermott stars as Carter Shaw, the head of a small team of undercover cops in Los Angeles who take down the city’s worst criminals. “This is a character who is deeply conflicted,” he says. “He’s really good at his work, but the only problem is that he doesn’t have much of a life. He finds himself in his mid-40s, sort of lost and empty and obsessed with his work because it’s the one thing he understands.” It’s a heavy role that McDermott (Big Shots, The Practice) is clearly enjoying. “I found myself in a dungeon on a Tuesday night at 1 a.m. handcuffed, in the dark, with a gun to my head,” he says. “It was pretty interesting to be that person.” We thought we’d continue the torture interrogation with an EW Pop Culture Personality Test…
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When do you talk back to the TV?
DYLAN McDERMOTT: My favorite show right now is Locked Up Abroad. It’s amazing. It’s on National Geographic. It’s real people telling their stories about how they did prison time, how they got caught, and then they recreate them. It’s a remarkable show.
The movie you have to watch every time you spot it on cable?
Taxi Driver. The movie’s just hypnotic for me. The music, the story, De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Harvey Keitel…
The movie that makes you cry?
I would have to say the original Breathless.
The chick flick you secretly love?
Hard-hitting questions, Dylan.
These are tough. Hmmm. Well, I think I was in the ultimate chick flick with Steel Magnolias, so that is certainly one of ’em. Terms of Endearment, would you label that a chick flick?
The R-rated movie you saw too young?
Straw Dogs. It’s a Sam Peckinpah movie — so violent. I must have probably been 10 years old. It scared the hell out of me. I watched it a couple of years ago; it was violent to me now, let alone then.
Your geekiest possession?
I don’t know…I have a few ship-in-a-bottles. I like those. I never understand how they got them in there.
Your position on karaoke?
My position on karaoke? I didn’t know I had a position.
People tend to love it or hate it.
There’s actually a friend of mine who has a karaoke night in New York. I Iike to watch it when people are a little drunk and they do it. I haven’t done it.
What song would you do if forced?
If I was gonna sing one song…Man, you came prepared today. Hmmm. I guess it would be A Flock of Seagulls’ “I Ran.” It must be fun to sing it.
The person or band you’ve seen most often in concert?
It’s either Led Zeppelin or Aerosmith. I think Aerosmith I’ve seen the most, probably 10 times.
And the best concert you’ve ever seen?
It would have to be Led Zeppelin, Madison Square Garden, 1979. They were my favorite band of all time. I was with a friend, and we had no plan. We hitchhiked two states to get there. It was just one of those crazy, crazy nights.