PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: "Scrubs" and Glengarry Glen Ross Star John C. McGinley

By Matthew Blank
20 Nov 2012

Three favorite cities: Dublin, Florence, San Francisco
Favorite sport/team/player: Football
The New York Giants!
Lawrence Taylor
First CD/Tape/LP you owned: Steve Miller's "The Joker"
How you got your Equity card: A summer stock production of Carousel in Auburn, NY.
Favorite liquid refreshment: Coffee
What was your most recent stage production? Breast Men in the Los Angeles One-Act festival
What do you most appreciate about the stage? No one can call "Cut!"
What drew you back to Broadway after 25 years? David Mamet… and Al Pacino… and Daniel Sullivan
Have you seen any previous productions of Glengarry? The original with Joe Mantegna
How did you research for this role? Worked with my acting coach David Allen Warshofski!
Any upcoming projects you can talk about? "Burn Notice"
"Alex Cross" with Tyler Perry
"42" with Harrison Ford
Will there be hockey this year, and why or why not? Not so much. Because of short-sighted, greedy owners.
How's your golf game these days? My sticks have been put away for the winter!
How are you enjoying your extended time in New York? It has been spectacular!
Worst flubbed line/missed cue/onstage mishap: I "went up" during my monologue in Talk Radio at the Public. After a few seconds I turned upstage and sat back down in my seat… brutal!!
Worst costume ever: The dolphin shorts in "Are We Done Yet?"
Most challenging role you have played onstage: "Heracles" directed by Tony Kushner
Out of so many, do you have any favorite screen roles? Sergeant O'Neil in "Platoon"
Dr. Cox in "Scrubs"
Bob Slydell in "Office Space"
Marvin in "Wall Street"
Other Mamet plays you'd like to take on: Lakeboat
Something about you that surprises people: That I will not abide even the most casual use of the words "retard" or "retarded."
Three things you can't live without: Max
Billie Grace
Career you would want if not a performer: Stone mason
Words of advice for aspiring performers: 1. Train until you are blue in the face
2. Learn your lines!!