‘Hanna’s New Big Bad: Dermot Mulroney Previews ‘Great Liar’ Carmichael
The former rom-com staple (My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Wedding Date) joins the cast of the sci-fi thriller (based on the 2011 movie) as calculating CIA agent John Carmichael, head of the Meadows, a secret government facility for genetically enhanced supersoldiers including, eventually, rebellious teen Hanna (Esmé Creed-Miles).
Below, he debriefs us on his role.
Tell us about Carmichael.
Dermot Mulroney: He’s a very warm, approachable spymaster. He’s a great liar. [But] you can’t really pretend [he’s] not the bad guy for very long. How bad? He takes time to unspool. He sneaks up on you a little.
Hanna ends up joining the ranks at the facility after trying to rescue a friend. Can she take down Carmichael?
Hanna causes things to be less under his control. But to him, she’s perfection. He sees surveillance of her taking out [security] guys on her way into the Meadows and he says, “She’s flawless. She’s a work of art.” There’s great tension between the characters. Their storyline comes to a clash at the end. Really gangbusters.
The Meadows is training dozens of these soldiers. What the heck kind of mission is he preparing for?
I don’t think I can talk about that! It’s a great slow burn. One of the most appealing things about Hanna Season 2 is how deep it goes.
Hanna, Season 2 Premiere, Friday, July 3, Amazon Prime Video