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‘True Blood’ Actor Chris Bauer Says He’s Tired of Playing Bad Guys

Alan Rickman famously said he loves playing villains. It’s much more fun than boring good guys, he said. So we asked ‘True Blood‘ actor Chris Bauer if he felt the same way about the many bad guys on his resume. He had a much different answer.

On stage he played in “Clockwork Orange.” He was a pedophile teacher in “Devil’s Advocate.” Bauer was “Machine” in the film “8MM,” a prisoner in “Face/Off,” and a union boss making deals with the mob in “The Wire.”

Stacy Lee asked if playing bad guys was fun.

It used to be. You only have to play those guys a couple of times before you know what’s like to be in that skin and then it’s fun to move on to something a little more normal.”

After saying that, Bauer added he’s really enjoyed acting in television.

There are so many great writers in television right now…. The stories they’re able to tell on TV right now reach a lot more aspects of our world than the movies do. I’m really grateful I’ve found a comfy little home on television right now.”

On “True Blood” (Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO) Bauer plays the parrish sheriff. He comes across as inept at times, but Bauer hates that characterization.

I’m just trying to get through the day and instead of dealing with… I don’t know, drunks and burglars, I’ve got to deal with werewolves, shape shifters, vampires and witches.”

To hear more from the interview with Chris Bauer including his thoughts on playing Dopey opposite Sigourney Weaver in the 1997 version of “Snow White” and his comparison of television DVD sets with Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” click below:

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