After hearing about Deadwood for years, I decided to give it a try about two months ago. As such, I became very familiar with a lot of actors and actresses. Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker, John Hawkes, Brad Dourif, Robin Wiegert, and Powers Boothe are all on the list. I was aware of many of them before but I can see them all in a different light now. Topping that list, however, is Ian McShane, who played highly-quotable saloon owner and severed head-whisperer Al Swearengen. And in the middle of watching the show and trying to learn more about the actors and actresses who made up the cast, I stumbled upon something astonishing.
Ian McShane was a singer years before his run on Deadwood. His 1992 album, From Both Sides Now, even includes a cover of the Police’s Every Breath You Take. “Every bond you break you break, every step you take, Swedgen will be watching Wu”.
Part of me admires McShane for his versatility. Another part of me, a considerably larger part, sort of hates that I found out about this because it punctures the lofty opinion I had of Al Swearengen. Oh well. Heng dai anyway, Al.