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Bradley Whitford on The Good Guys

Published May 10, 2010 in Television
By Fred Topel | Image property of ABC
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Bradley Whitford rocks a classic ‘70s cop moustache in The Good Guys. Fox’s new action-comedy casts Whitford as a has-been hotshot cop who may still be stuck in the past glory days.

Bradley Whitford One of the Good Guys


“It’s actually fascinating growing a mustache,” Whitford said. “Just this morning I dropped my kids off at school and yet another mother — women are very creeped [out], I don’t know if it’s Boogie Nights or what – women are fascinated and creeped out, and I always get this reaction which is, ‘Oh, are you growing that for a part?’ A kind of disgusted, creeped-out thing. My kids hate it. I did grow it. It is very funny. It’s not just a stereotype. Of a certain age of cops, there are mustaches. Just look around. My growing this mustache, I gotta say, it reminds me of a lot of the work De Niro did in Raging Bull. This is real. He was like a middle-weight contender.”

Now the ‘70s were 30 years ago. Whitford doesn’t seem old enough to have already been a cop in the ‘70s. “Even 30 years ago, I could have been a young hot cop. I would have been 20.”



It’s his costar, Colin Hanks, who makes Whitford feel old. “Colin is 32. Suddenly I’ve gone from thinking I’m a young actor to feeling like Ernest Borgnine. One thing I do share with this character is I think I have a bright future behind me. I think I peaked, professionally and biologically in another decade. No, I think there’s just a kind of a ripe wisdom about him, which is a horrible combination of words, but he’s an old-time guy who cuts through the politically correct stuff that gets in the way, unnecessary stuff, like Miranda rights and evidence rules, all that stuff that keeps you from actually getting to the bad guy. That’s a fun thing to play.”

Even with that attitude, The Good Guys end up solving real crimes. “I think my character is actually a great cop. We turn out to be wonderful crime-solvers, but there are challenges. I mean, there’s a little bit of a drinking issue for me, not too big, but enough for some funny. It’s the lighter side of lechery and alcoholism, the fun side.”

The Good Guys premiers May 19 on Fox.

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