The beauty of the character is that it’s like camouflage. It’s the best costume ever. I rarely get recognized as Pornstache when I’m out in public. Most people recognize me as the Law & Order guy, when I’m out in public.
I have a tendency, just because I’m an ambitious person, to get impatient with things and want them to be moving faster then they are.
People don’t stop me on the street and throw things at me. But I’m aware of what that dynamic is, so whenever people react strongly to a character and say that they hate me, I take it as a job well done. And for most people, there’s a sense of removal. Most people are not saying, “Oh, my god, I hate you!” Most people that have reactions say, “I love to hate your character.”
There’s usually a sense of humor about all of it. It is what it is. I had two characters that were equally detestable, in very different ways, that hit the airwaves, at the same time. It was a very interesting year in my career, in that way. But I have no fear, on that note. I have a new project for HBO, where I’m going to play the good guy. That’s going to be fun and exciting, and shift the paradigm a bit.
I really appreciate what the writers are doing and respect everything that they do. So, I was satisfied, for sure.
Acting careers are very interesting things. They come with a lot of ups and downs. You just have to ride the waves and bide your time during the lulls, and enjoy the high times when they’re there.
It was a very, very strange experience to go through on social media. Before that, my social media life had been very tame. I had only just dipped my toes in the world of Twitter and was throwing out a tweet, here and there, of very boring and normal stuff. All of a sudden, Pornstache just turned my world upside down.
Requests for mustache rides were the big common theme, around the time of the release of the season. People were saying how much they hated him, obviously, and how they would kill him or choke him. There were just all kinds of things. You name it, I got it.