William H. Macy sees new turn in career track

Fri Apr 10, 2009 4:26pm EDT
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By Bob Tourtellotte

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Award-winning actor William H. Macy says his long career in movies, on stage and on television is in transition, moving him behind the camera as offers for acting roles have hit a lull.

Macy is currently starring in low-budget comedy "Bart Got a Room" in U.S. art houses playing a hapless father whose son can't get a date to his high school prom. But he soon expects to take his first stab at directing an upcoming film called "Keep Coming Back."

"I'm transitioning a little bit," the 59-year-old Macy told Reuters. "I'm at an odd age, and it's hard to cast me. I'm not the grand old man, but I'm certainly not the young guy anymore. There aren't that many roles that are scintillating."

Macy has long been known in Hollywood as a hard worker who will take numerous roles in any given year. His filmography lists over 100 parts. He was nominated for an Oscar for his work in 1996 Coen Bros. movie "Fargo," and he won an Emmy for television movie "Door to Door."

But right now, Macy said he enjoys being a stay-at-home dad to his two daughters, ages 7- and 8-years-old, while his wife, actress Felicity Huffman, goes to work every day on TV comedy "Desperate Housewives."

He said he took the role in "Bart Got a Room," mostly because writer and director Brian Hecker would not take "no" for an answer.

"Independent films like this are made because of passion, and Brian would not let that go, nor would he let me go," Macy said. "I liked the script immediately and told him so, but I had all sorts of commitments and time constraints. But God bless him, he made it work. And he held the film for me."

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<p>William H. Macy arrives at the premiere of "The Deal" during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 22, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>