Fans got a sneak peek of Andy Mackenzie in the number three teaser released by HBO. Mackenzie has a long list of credits under his belt from CSI to My Name is Earl and although it may look as if he can only play a Creepy Biker Dude, his acting ability is versatile. Just check out his demo reel and you will see why we quickly became Mackenzie fans.
We caught up with Andy while he was filming Burn Notice in sunny South Florida to ask him about his experience on True Blood and how he got the part of “Creepy Biker Dude.” Andy was nice enough to take a break from shooting guns from a Harley to share his experience on the set of True Blood, his vast knowledge of the industry, his band 33Degree and what’s up next in his career.
Andy Mackenzie: Oh, the “Creepy Biker.” I actually have three different character names. Starts with “Creepy Biker,” then “Wolf,” then shifts into “Biker” while I’m fighting with Eric. You’ve seen some of that scene in one of the behind-the-scenes teasers.
The casting was a lot of fun. It’s always crazy not knowing how it’s going to go and what the casting assistant is going to do when there’s action involved. Not to mention, the room could’ve comfortably seated six but walked into eight, plus me. Read the material, did it pretty much how I wanted to do it; Alan simply replied “Fantastic.” I left proud and pleased.
I did shoot two eps, “Beautifully Broken” (302) and “It Hurts Me Too” (303). When I booked the role, I knew I would be showing 99 percent of my skin and I had about six weeks to hit the gym extra hard. So, that was my life for those weeks. Who knows if it will show? The first ep was quick for me, not much for me to do. Second ep was cool. Alex and I spent some time chit chatting and reminiscing about some mutual Swedes and Finns. We may get us all together sometime. Between the chit chats was definitely different for me. Stunts have been a big part of the job anyway but naked stunts are something else. No place for pads. “Closed set?” Nah. I’m not shy. Maybe Alex, since he had to … ah, never mind. You’ll see. But I was as naked as I was born. No necklaces, no rings, no earrings, no nipple rings even. Wow, I felt so blank. When I wrapped, I couldn’t get my nipple rings in. So I pierced them again. That’s the third time. And hopefully, the last.
I’ve done writing and directing. I worked a lot on the production side. I like to know what everybody’s job is and how hard it is. I think it’s important. It makes everything smoother. I was born into the business. I love it. I love playing drums. 33DEGREE is a great outlet. Since it’s more of a hobby, it’s easy to balance. A daughter, on the other hand, is something else. That’s my biggest balancing trick. But my favorite trick.
I have some really cool things going on. MacGruber just hit the theatres with Will Forte, Kristen Wiig, Ryan Phillippe, Val Kilmer. It’s crazy funny. I play “Hoss Bender,” one of Val Kilmer’s henchmen. I did an episode of Burn Notice, Season 4 premiere, airing next Thursday 6/3, 9/8c. Oh, it’s a good one for me. I’m about to start a film, Sushi Girl, a lead role with Tony Todd, Max Perlich, James Duval, James DeBello. Very much like Reservoir Dogs.
Andy’s final take on Season 3:
Oh man, Season 3 is gonna be so freakin’ cool. Werewolves. Awesome. The fact that I am one of them. Awesome again. I have to say, I was a big fan of the show already. Getting onto it is just too cool.
Andy is a very cool guy. He loves what he does and he loves his fans. You can follow Andy on Twitter @Andy_Mackenzie or check out any of his links below.
Check out Andy Mackenzie tonight, in BURN NOTICE 4th Season Premiere, “Friends and Enemies.”
THURSDAY, JUNE 3 9/8c USA Network