A Minute With: Colin Hanks showing off his "Good Cop"

Thu Jun 3, 2010 12:25am EDT
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By Jill Jacobs

NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Actor Colin Hanks might be best known as Tom Hanks' son, but over the past 10 years, the junior Hanks has produced a steady stream of film, stage and screen work and transcended the moniker, son of a star.

His film roles have ranged from the widely-liked "Orange County" to comedy "The House Bunny," and he has worked on TV shows like the Emmy-winning drama "Mad Men and science fiction program "Roswell."

He has also co-starred alongside a number of Hollywood heavy-hitters, including John Malkovich and Jane Fonda.

Now, Hanks is starring in a television buddy-cop series, "The Good Guys," set to premiere on the Fox network in the United States on June 7. The action comedy centers on a mismatched duo of an old-school cop named Dan Stark (Bradley Whitford) and modern-day, by-the-book detective Jack Bailey (Hanks).

Reuters recently spoke to Hanks from Los Angeles about cop shows, Halloween costumes and the mustache on Whitford's character, which is fast becoming a hot topic among TV fans.

Q: There have been many memorable on-screen police duos, from Starsky and Hutch to Turner and Hootch. What makes the dynamic duo of Jack Bailey and Dan Stark different?

A: The Good Guys" works in that it doesn't take itself too seriously. It's meant for laughs. My straight-laced young detective, is paired with a slobbish, over-the-hill, 'if there is a book he hasn't even bothered reading it' cop, played by Brad. And they sort of clash. That always makes for good comedy. There's a reason why these formulas work. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel, but rather show off a wheel that hasn't been around on television in quite some time.

Q: Dallas, the back-drop for "The Good Guys" seems to play a big role in the series. So why Dallas?   Continued...