Michael C. Hall Reveals He Almost Turned Down Dexter on The Writer's Room: Watch Now!

Exclusive! Monday's episode of the Sundance Channel series reveals the Showtime hit's leading man was not the book series author Jeffrey Lindsay's ideal choice for the role!

By Tierney Bricker Aug 09, 2013 4:00 PMTags
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Can you imagine anyone else other than Michael C. Hall donning Dexter Morgan's infamous henley and leather gloves on Showtime's hit series Dexter?

No, we can't either, but Hall reveals that he almost turned down the role that won him a Golden Globe Award and five Emmy nominations on Monday's episode of Sundance Channel's series The Writers' Room. Insane in the membrane, right?!

In this exclusive sneak peek from Hall and the serial killer thriller's executive producers' intimate sitdown with host Jim Rash, the star explains why he was hesitant to take on the role. Plus, find out who didn't think Hall was right for the part...

In the exclusive clip from the Aug. 12 episode of The Writer's Room, EP Sara Colleton spills that she came up with the idea for Dexter after reading a review of the novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, on which the series in based. But she notes that it was when Hall came on board that the series really came to be, simply saying, "Boom!" But getting Hall to sign on wasn't easy at first.

"I had just a few months before being presented with the pilot script finished Six Feet Under and the last thing I thought I'd do was another television series," Hall explained. "My initial general response to the idea of It was aversion. I didn't want to make another open-ended commitment to a character surrounded by dead bodies."

But after reading the script and Lindsay's novel, Hall says he "recognized that this was a singularly unique character and I wasn't going to get the opportunity to do anything like it anywhere else, so I took the leap."

One person who wasn't thrilled to see Hall take the leap at first? Lindsay!

The author of the book was not convinced that Hall was right for the part, a pop-up bubble reveals. That is until he saw Hall actually play Dexter. Obviously that changed his mind real quick!

The Writer's Room takes viewers inside, you guessed it, the writers' rooms of some of TV's biggest shows, including Breaking Bad, American Horror Story, Parks and Recreation, New Girl and Game of Thrones. Presented in part by Entertainment Weekly, The Writer's Room offers fans inside scoop and backstage details thanks to the in-depth round table interviews conducted by creator and Community star Rash.

The Writers' Room airs Monday at 10 p.m. on Sundance.