Christopher Meloni reveals a very completely different aspect of himself in “Maxxx,” Hulu’s six-episode comedy sequence created by star O-T Fagbenle.
Meloni, 59, performs Don Wild, the flamboyant, coke-snorting, sex-fueled report 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 Tale,” in which Fagbenle performs Luke, June’s (Elisabeth Moss) husband who fled to Canada to escape dystopian Gilead. Meloni guest-starred in Season three as Commander Winslow.
Meloni, who’s again this fall as Elliot Stabler in the NBC spinoff “Law & Order: Organized Crime,” spoke to The Post about taking part in 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 might be nice.’” I’m all the time 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 you understand?
He was constructed out of complete material, however certainly one of the photos I had in my intellect was … [British-born New York club owner] Peter Stringfellow. I truly labored at his membership as a bartender in the late ’80s earlier than it was a strip joint. He all the time struck me as a bit of 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 have got enter into Don’s accoutrements?
He was initially written as man in his 70s and I had lots of questions proper out of the gate like, “Have I not aged that nicely?” 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 consider it; I used to be absolutely ready to get my ears re-pierced.
The costume designer was superb and put the accoutrements collectively to give Don that Bono-type aptitude. O-T and the director mentioned, “We see a goatee factor” and I mentioned, “OK, I’m positive with that, however it has to be dyed” — you understand, that Las Vegas dye job the place it’s like, “I’m going to proceed to hold this mirage alive — I’m wrinkly however simply have 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 all the pieces else. It practically drove me loopy. I like my fingernails brief and it was such a mind-f–k. I used to be laughing at myself the complete time, like, “Really 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 stored hitting the fret board.
Season 1 ends on an open-ended be aware. Any likelihood the sequence will return?
That’s a query for O-T, however I’ve already begged him. I like London, and I cherished engaged on it.