If I had seen Garret Dillahunt on the street prior to this September, I might have casually turned a corner and high-tailed it out of there given his penchant for playing insidious characters. But now that he's slaying me (in the good way) every week as Burt on Fox's increasingly hilarious "Raising Hope," I would walk up, arms outstretched, in hopes of experiencing one of Burt's signature hugs.
A change of pace -- and expectation -- was behind Garret's choice to join the comedy, but as he tells it, genre hopping has always been part of his plan.
PopWrap: I hope you don't take this the wrong way, but "Raising Hope" was not a show I expected to love this much.
Garret Dillahunt: I think a lot of people felt that way – the critical community has been so good to us, but a few wrote it off from day one. They were offended, called it the worst thing they’d ever seen. I wonder what they have to say now that it’s clear what we’re doing.
PW: I'd imagine that incredibly off-beat sensibility is exactly what attracted you to the show though, right?
Garret: It really was – most of the work I’ve done has been on the darker side of things, but I did start in comedy. I try, as much as I can, to change it up – I think that makes for an interesting life. So I thought it was time to do something funny, and I was so lucky that a really great one was out there.
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Martha and him are the best part of the show.