January 4th, 2011
11:35 AM ET
His Southern drawl, easy smile and well-fitting jeans make Tim McGraw an ideal on-screen partner. But after playing the dutiful husband in films like “The Blind Side” and “Country Strong,” McGraw is ready to start being a bad boy.
“I’m looking forward to killing someone,” he told The Boston Herald, referring to his upcoming role in the 2012 film “Safe House.” The country singer-turned-actor stars opposite Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington in the CIA drama.
“I love the dramatic, heavy, darker stuff; that’s what I do best as an actor,” he said.
You could argue that his character in “Country Strong” was a bit, er, manipulative. James Canter drags his wife out of rehab and forces her back onstage before she’s ready. But McGraw approached the role with Canter’s best intentions in mind.
“She was having sex with the janitor. Was that good? From a husband’s perspective, it wasn’t a very good thing. Every decision he makes is what’s good for Kelly… he was getting her back on[stage], doing what she did best. You can disagree with the things he did, but I don’t think he ever was malicious.”
Of course, McGraw isn’t all hat tipping and “yes ma’ams.” He’s very protective of his wife, Faith Hill, and their three daughters. On “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2009 he said that he had a plan to keep potential dates away from his girls.
“The nicest kid out of the bunch that shows up at my house, I’m just going to smack him,” McGraw joked, “because if I hit the nicest one… the guys who are bad, they’re not even going to show up.”
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