Christopher Meloni exhibits a very completely different aspect of himself in “Maxxx,” Hulu’s six-episode comedy collection created by star O-T Fagbenle.
Meloni, 59, performs Don Wild, the flamboyant, coke-snorting, sex-fueled file exec who takes a second likelihood on Maxxx (Fagbenle), a washed-up boy-band singer making an attempt a precipitous comeback.
Meloni and Fagbenle beforehand labored collectively on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Story,” wherein Fagbenle performs Luke, June’s (Elisabeth Moss) husband who fled to Canada to flee dystopian Gilead. Meloni guest-starred in Season three as Commander Winslow.
Meloni, who’s again this fall as Elliot Stabler within the NBC spinoff “Legislation & Order: Organized Crime,” spoke to The Submit about enjoying Don Wild … and his concern of lengthy fingernails.
Did your connection to O-T Fagbenle issue into your function on “Maxxx”?
There was no connection. I assume I by no means even introduced it up. He was like, “I’ve simply been a fan and your title got here up and all people was like, ‘Oh, man, that will be nice.’” I’m at all times stunned when that occurs. I don’t know that they see in me, however God bless ’em for his or her imaginative and prescient (laughs).
Was Don primarily based on anybody ?
He was constructed out of entire material, however one of many photos I had in my thoughts was … [British-born New York club owner] Peter Stringfellow. I truly labored at his membership as a bartender within the late ’80s earlier than it was a strip joint. He at all times struck me as a bit little bit of a Peter Pan man, somebody who considered himself as a 26-year-old trapped in a 65-year-old’s physique. Don is a bit more of an erratic, crazier man.
Did you’ve gotten enter into Don’s accoutrements?
He was initially written as man in his 70s and I had plenty of questions proper out of the gate like, “Have I not aged that effectively?” O-T mentioned, “No, your title simply got here up” they usually determined to throw [Don’s age] out the window. I got here up with the perpetual tan factor — I believe we’ve all seen that — and I got here up with Don’s earring. I had my ears pierced a thousand years in the past and [the piercing holes] have been truly nonetheless open. I couldn’t imagine it; I used to be totally ready to get my ears re-pierced.
The costume designer was wonderful and put the accoutrements collectively to provide Don that Bono-type aptitude. O-T and the director mentioned, “We see a goatee factor” and I mentioned, “OK, I’m superb with that, but it surely must be dyed” — , that Las Vegas dye job the place it’s like, “I’m going to proceed to maintain this mirage alive — I’m wrinkly however simply take a look at my tan.” I nonetheless don’t perceive what this implies however I grew my fingernails lengthy, and that had an enormous impact on every part else. It almost drove me loopy. I like my fingernails brief and it was such a mind-f–ok. I used to be laughing at myself the entire time, like, “Actually dude? You’re rising out your nails? Isn’t that mentally traumatic for you?” I didn’t contact my nails for 3 months, solely filed them to make them look good. I introduced my acoustic guitar to London, however my nails grew to become so lengthy I couldn’t play it — they saved hitting the fret board.
Season 1 ends on an open-ended be aware. Any likelihood the collection will return?
That’s a query for O-T, however I’ve already begged him. I like London, and I beloved engaged on it.