Colin Hanks gets "Lucky" with killer film, TV show

Fri Jul 15, 2011 2:52pm EDT
 
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Colin Hanks has murder on his mind these days. The 33 year-old actor currently stars on screen in the dark comedy film "Lucky," which debuts in New York and Los Angeles on Friday and expands around the United States in coming weeks.

In Lucky, Hanks portrays Ben, a serial killer who wins the lottery, and he also is joining the upcoming sixth season of the Showtime's serial killer series "Dexter."

Hanks, who is the son of Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks, sat down with Reuters to talk about "Lucky," what it's like having a famous father and his most important role to date -- becoming a first-time dad earlier this year.

Q: Did you enjoy playing a serial killer in a comedy?

A: "I was essentially trying to come up with two different characters, which was fun for me. The first version of Ben is that he slouches and dresses a little stupidly. The post-lottery look he stands up straight, he's trying to work out more, he's dressed a little sharper. But in essence he's still the same guy that he was."

Q: You mean still a killer?

A: "Exactly. Even though this great thing has happened to him and he's become popular, he still has this need to kill and he still has a controlling mother."

Q: Short of going out and killing someone, how did you relate to him?   Continued...