Eric McCormack says this year’s Golden Globes come at a ‘crazy time’

TORONTO — Canadian actor Eric McCormack has been to the Golden Globes plenty of times with his sitcom “Will & Grace” and has a firm handle on the events of the Beverly Hills bash.

But this year he isn’t sure what to expect.

Typically the show is a freewheeling, boozy affair, but Sunday’s event is expected to have a more serious tone, with many guests planning to dress in black as part of a planned protest against sexual harassment and assault.

“Besides the important #MeToo campaign, it’s just a whole country reeling from insanity and how fast and furious it’s come at us,” the Toronto native said in a recent phone interview from Los Angeles.

“This (show) is coming two weeks after they passed this horrific tax bill. We don’t know what’s going to happen with (special counsel Robert) Mueller…. It is a really freakin’ crazy time, and once in a while, an awards show, even one as frothy as the Globes, can have that moment, who knows who it is, where somebody gets up and does something unifying.”

Still, McCormack does expect there will be laughs — most notably at the “Will & Grace” table.

The show has been nominated for a whopping 27 Golden Globes in the past but has never won. McCormack said they’ve taken their losses in stride and have become known as the party table.

This year, “Will & Grace” has two new nods — one for McCormack and one for the series itself.

“The ‘Will & Grace’ table, we’ve always done the same thing — we join together and we kind of wait, and one by one as people lose, we toast them,” McCormack said.

“We cheer when we lose as if we’d won and it throws the room off and cameras don’t know where to point. I remember one year, (William H.) Macy looking over and realizing what we were doing and his table started to do the same thing.”

This is McCormack’s sixth time being nominated for a Golden Globe for playing Will alongside Debra Messing as roommate Grace, Sean Hayes as their neighbour Jack, and Megan Mullally as wealthy friend Karen.

The seminal series returned to TV in September, on Global and NBC, 11 years after it finished its first run.

McCormack isn’t expecting to win but he has prepared a speech, just in case.

“This particular award I’ve been nominated for five other times and never won, so I just keep sort of adapting and cutting and pasting,” he said with a laugh.

“I think the first version of this speech goes, ‘How could Al Gore have lost?’ That’s how far back this goes.”

This is the seventh time “Will & Grace” has been nominated for best television series, comedy or musical, and McCormack expects it would be very sentimental if the show were to “rise from the ashes” and win.

“I think it’s a weirdly right fit for now, and it’s not just a comedic fit or it’s not just about the show being a gay show and us needing to revisit that,” said McCormack, who also stars on the series “Travelers” and is in the new film “Considering Love & Other Magic,” now available on iTunes.

“It’s also just a comfort. We’re not in a war at the moment but it feels like we are. I’m starting to feel like this is what it felt like during wartime. You wake up every day terrified to read what (the president) has tweeted, and nothing feels like it used to feel, even a year ago. It doesn’t feel like the same country.

“You can’t rely on the same things, so to suddenly be able to rely on this old show, on its old time-slot, Thursdays at 9, it feels like time stood still a little bit.”

The Golden Globes air Sunday on CTV.

Just Posted

Scares and chills await at haunted house in Red Deer

Zed Haunted House helps raise money for Boys and Girls Club of Red Deer District

PHOTO: Renewable Energy Fair at Red Deer College

The Renewable Energy Fair and Workshops event was held at Red Deer… Continue reading

PHOTOS: Red Deer College Queens host third annual Pink in the Rink game

Queens raised $12,035 for the Central Alberta Cancer Centre.

PHOTOS: The Mustard Seed CEO speaks at Seeds of Hope Gala in Red Deer

The first-ever Seeds of Hope Gala was held at the Red Deer… Continue reading

Person airlifted to hospital after collision near Innisfail

One person was airlifted to hospital after a serious collision west of… Continue reading

WATCH: Make-A-Wish grants Star Wars loving teen’s wish

The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted Anakin Suerink’s wish in Red Deer Saturday afternoon

Turkey to reveal details of probe into Khashoggi’s killing

ISTANBUL — In a sign of growing pressure on Saudi Arabia, Turkey… Continue reading

Utah truck driver is jailed without bond after crash kills 6

HEBER, Utah — A man suspected of driving under the influence remained… Continue reading

A ragged, growing army of migrants resumes march toward US

TAPACHULA, Mexico — A ragged army of Honduran migrants streamed through southern… Continue reading

Postal workers to begin strikes in 4 Canadian cities Monday if deal not reached

OTTAWA — The union representing 50,000 Canada Post employees says it will… Continue reading

Migrant caravan swells to 5,000, resumes advance toward US

CIUDAD HIDALGO, Mexico — Despite Mexican efforts to stop them at the… Continue reading

“I don’t feel real”: Mental stress mounting after Michael

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — Amy Cross has a hard time explaining the… Continue reading

Toronto residents set to vote Monday on the next four years of civic leaders

Toronto’s municipal election campaign, marked by unprecedented provincial interference, ends Monday when… Continue reading

Former PQ minister Lise Payette remembered as role model for female politicians

MONTREAL — Members from across Quebec’s political spectrum gathered at a downtown… Continue reading

Most Read