He was pretty frightening as a serial killer in the long-running Showtime series "Dexter," but presumably Michael C. Hall will be less bloodthirsty in his next gig: The Broadway show that Skittles is staging on Super Bowl Sunday in lieu of a commercial during the game.
In a trailer released Monday, Hall is grousing to a therapist about the job. "I don't really do ads," he whines, but goes on to explain it isn't really an ad, but an actual show requiring the purchase of a ticket. "You have to buy a ticket to see an ad?" asks the incredulous therapist. She probably isn't the only one with the question, but Skittles clearly likes to stir things up when it comes to marketing plans for the big game. Last year, the candy maker ran a commercial they showed to only one person, which generated serious social-media buzz.
The casting's not exactly a shocker. Hall, whose stage credits include "Cabaret" and "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," recently starred in "Thom Pain (based on nothing)" by Will Eno, who — guess what? — is writing the 30-minute "Skittles Commercial: The Broadway Musical." It will run one time only on Feb. 3 at Town Hall in Times Square, with proceeds going to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Tickets ($30-$205) are available at ticketmaster.com.