The cast of Big Shots talk about the show and their characters and what brought them to this new series.
Dylan McDermott: I think it really was Jon's (Jon Harmon Feldman, Creator/Executive Producer) script. ... What I like about what's happening today is that there's a discussion about this thing that happens between men and women. And I feel like the men in the show and the women in the show are quite complicated, and nobody really has the answer. ... And I was kind of fascinated by the fact of this whole thing, of what happens with love and relationships and friendships. And I don't think anybody knows. And I don't think this question -- I don't think anybody really finds out. And I guess it's the essence of what this show is about, that there is no answer. So for me, that was interesting. And also to do something lighter in tone [is good], because The Practice was really heavy at times. For me, this was a complicated character. The guy was a mess. He doesn't know. He's struggling to find out. He's struggling to evolve. He's struggling into consciousness. All that stuff was attractive to me.
Michael Vartan: One of the things that attracted me to the part was the fact that my character seems to be, from what I read, the moral center of the show. But he has this horrible thing happen to him, which is a fun thing to play as an actor. And speaking with Jon, hopefully it will take a while for this to resolve. So he's not going to be this happy-go-lucky character. At some point, hopefully, he'll be -- I don't know, struggle with alcohol or drugs or God knows what, but things that are fun to play as an actor, because conflict is ultimately the most interesting thing. No one cares about seeing someone who's got it all together on TV. I mean, I don't.
Joshua Malina: I read the script and I play the words. I don't do a lot of -- I didn't do a lot of research for The West Wing. I didn't have a lot of discussion before playing this role. And I don't sort of go into things sort of wondering what direction I'm going to play. And I don't worry about is the guy lovable, is the guy a nerd. I think the more you kind of predefine things like that, the more it affects your performance in a negative way.
Christopher Titus: What I like about doing this is that most shows that try to go after the men relationship it's like it never gets down to the real part. It's always the fluff part of it, and I think with these guys, just the pilot has so much pain in it, which is great because these guys are rich guys and it just shows that it doesn't matter if you have money, your life can still suck and go down the tubes, and I'd like to thank Jon for writing that. You know what I mean, though, it really gets to the real part of men, and that's what I think is different about it.
Joshua Malina: I have great faith in Jon's writing, so I have no fear really that it's going to be any kind of stereotype. I think, to me, it was just a guy in an interesting situation. From the get-go, you can vilify [my character] Karl if you like, but I've read the script, and he's wracked with guilt about what he's doing. He basically decides, over the course of the very first episode, to end the affair that he's having. He refers to his wife as a saint. He understands that he's basically doing a terrible thing to a wonderful person. And then Jon's concocted an interesting situation that sort of makes it impossible for him to extricate himself from the affair in an easy way. And I'm not really even sure how it's going to play out over the course of the season, but I look forward to finding out.
Dylan McDermott: We all get along. The chemistry was, like -- you can't explain that when it happens. The chemistry just happens. And on this show it just really happened. And I think that was the first day of filming. We were around this table at the golf course, and I kind of knew in that moment that we were going to be all right because it didn't feel like we had the ego problem with anybody, except for Chris. I felt like it was just easy. It was just easy, and that's what the show is. It's a very easy way to watch television. You don't have to think in this show. You can sit back and relax and just have a good time.
Jon Harmon Feldman: I actually think it's a show about men who love too much, I think. Michael's character -- he's in love with his wife who cheated on him. I think Chris, though he has a complex relationship with off-camera wife, he loves her. I think Josh is the one guy who strayed but very quickly in the series. ... And Dylan's character is trying to repair the relationship with his wife, ex-wife and daughter. And clearly -- I don't think I'm delving too deep into subtext here -- still has feelings for his ex-wife. I think these are men burdened by the fact that they have made bad choices but they are in love with these women.
Big Shots premiers September 27 at 10 PM ET/PT on ABC