Michael C. Hall Feels David Bowie’s Presence While Performing His Musical, ‘Lazarus’

Michael C. Hall knows a thing or two about death, since it has been such a huge part of his career. He started out in Six Feet Under, in which he played mortician David Fisher, then he moved on to Dexter, in which he played a forensic expert who moonlighted as a serial killer. His work still connects him to death and now to David Bowie, as well. The Guardian reports that Michael C. Hall plays Thomas Newton in Bowie’s new off-Broadway musical, Lazarus.

Thomas Newton is a man who cannot die, which is a fitting role for Michael C. Hall, considering his acting history over the past few years. After Bowie’s death in mid-January, Hall attempted to explain how he felt.

“Some sort of old survival mechanism kicks in. I think it’s about holding on, it’s about mirroring what I see to not be victimised by trauma. To not be a pitiful, fatherless son.”

Michael C. Hall may have worked on Broadway before and he might have had the role in Lazarus before he met Bowie, but that didn’t make it any less nerve wracking when Bowie asked him to start singing his songs.

“And I thought: ‘OK, this is it. I have nothing left to fear.’ And that was an amazing day. I kept it together, but when he left, I was alone in the apartment and my legs went out, and I sort of fell to the floor. I’ve never met someone for whom I had such reverence. And the thing about meeting him was not just that I knew him, because I was so familiar with his music, but, because of the resonance of his music and the way it affects anyone who comes to love it, there was a sense that he knew me.”

People reports that Michael C. Hall revealed there has been a potent presence of Bowie since he passed.

“I did feel that a part of my work was to empty myself out and let it move through me. As is often the case when you’re performing, but in this case, all the more so. Since he has passed, there’s probably been a more potent sense of his presence.”

Check out the cast of Lazarus performing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Regardless of what else happens in his career, there can be nothing that compares to playing Bowie’s character onstage, but Michael C. Hall might also get to revive his old character, Dexter. My News LA reports that Showtime has been mulling over the idea of rebooting Dexter.

“Showtime has no immediate plans to bring back Dexter. However, reboots are a popular trend right now, Showtime has never had a series more successful than Dexter, and Michael C. Hall hasn’t done a lot of film or television work since the series ended (he has worked on Broadway), so bringing it back someday is absolutely not out of the question. In fact, it wouldn’t be surprising.”

David Nevins of Showtime said Dexter is the one show he would consider bringing back.

Dexter is the one show that I would think about [continuing]. It’s a question of when the timing is right. If there’s a willingness to do it, I would certainly listen. Certainly I’d look at Dexter.”

It might not be official, but fans of the show don’t miss a beat. Some are already trumpeting the return of Michael C. Hall’s fabulous and dark character.

There is no doubt fans would love the return of Dexter, if and when it happens. Until then, it seems like Michael C. Hall is right where he needs to be – onstage honoring David Bowie.

[Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images]

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