William H. Macy on Playing Frank in ‘Shameless’: “It is more like a parlor trick. It ain’t acting”

Shameless-William-H-MacyI’ve been particularly impressed by William H. Macy‘s performance as Frank Gallagher on Showtime’s Shameless, mostly because it’s so much different from roles Macy usually plays.  However, as Macy tells the New York Post, he doesn’t think it takes a whole lot of talent to play Frank.

He explains that playing Frank “is more like a parlor trick.  It ain’t acting.  As a matter of fact, one of the dangers in playing Frank Gallagher is that I walk away congratulating myself on being a great drunk — but I forgot to do the scene.”

However, Macy admits that Frank’s hard-drinking ways hasn’t rubbed off on him.  When asked if playing Frank has changed his own drinking habits, Macy says, “I haven’t been drinking recently. So, I guess no.”

In fact, Macy confesses that he hopes Frank will one day sober up for good.  He explains, “I am his biggest supporter. I love the guy. I think he is smart. I think he tells the truth when nobody else has the guts to. He is very hardworking. He is an entrepreneur. And he is living his life absolutely his way. I am hoping we are going to do this show for many, many years. So I think there is room for many permutations of what Frank does. But yeah. I would love to see a couple of episodes where Frank is sober. But I think it is in the DNA of the show that Frank will always be loaded.”

Leave a Reply

‘Call Me By Your Name’ Star Timothée Chalamet: “What scares me is being boring”
"At a certain point I was able to come to grips with the idea to just 'be.'" - Timothée Chalamet
‘Phantom Thread’ Star Lesley Manville: “It’s so easy to make someone bad look good on film. In theatre, there’s no hiding place”
"Filming is different. You’re getting a moment right. You can go in and create something very good, very quickly. That’s a different challenge to having five, six weeks to rehearse a play.” - Lesley Manville
Chadwick Boseman on ‘Black Panther’ and How He Refocused His Career
"As soon as I came to L.A., things immediately shifted for me." - Chadwick Boseman
Bernadette Peters on Returning to Broadway and Why She is Still Trying to Improve Her Craft
"You have to do your best to fulfill the role, not fulfill yourself" - Bernadette Peters
Ellen Pompeo: “Acting, to me, is boring”
"Anybody can be good on a show season one and two. Can you be good 14 years later? Now, that's a f*ckin' skill." - Ellen Pompeo