Julian McMahon is Lionel McCarthy in HUNTERS - Season 1 - "Love and Violence" | ©2016 Syfy/Ben King

Julian McMahon is Lionel McCarthy in HUNTERS – Season 1 – “Love and Violence” | ©2016 Syfy/Ben King

Actor Julian McMahon is no stranger to the science-fiction/fantasy/horror genre. He costarred as the demonic Cole in multiple seasons of CHARMED, played Dr. Doom in the 2005 and 2007 FANTASTIC FOUR films, appeared in BAIT (Great White sharks terrorizing a submerged supermarket) and also starred in the 2003-2010 run of NIP/TUCK (not technically genre, but often surreal).

Now McMahon plays McCarthy, an extraterrestrial carrying out terrorist acts against humans in Syfy’s Monday night series HUNTERS. The season was shot in McMahon’s native Australia.

ASSIGNMENT X: Was it fun to be working back in Australia?

JULIAN McMAHON: It was really fun. I haven’t lived in Australia for a very long time, and it was really nice to go back home, so to speak.

AX: How long was the prosthetics process when you were in your full alien look?

McMAHON: We did a few that were about six to eight hours, and then, one of the prosthetics we developed over a month, and then it took about four hours to apply and maintenance and all that.

AX: Your character McCarthy has a human disguise, but when he’s relaxing in his own skin, you as an actor are actually covered in prosthetics. Do you find it ironic that the more physically comfortable you are as an actor, the less comfortable your character is and vice-versa?

McMAHON: Yeah. I definitely found myself uncomfortable at points in time in this piece. [But] I think [discomfort is] what it’s all about. I mean, that’s the whole piece is, who are we, what are we doing, why are we making those choices?

AX: You mean, in terms of both the human government and the aliens’ approach to what they ought to do about each other? Neither side is completely good or bad …

McMAHON: We can talk about an idealistic approach to something, you can talk about a certain desire for something, whatever that is, but trying to find that comfort zone inside of yourself and make sense.

AX: And what would you most like people to know about HUNTERS?

McMAHON: I think that it’s a multifaceted show. I really think it’s about humanity, it’s about facing our fears, facing each other, it’s about why we stick up for what we stick up for, what our belief system is and what it means, and it challenges all of those thoughts.

This interview was conducted during Syfy’s portion of the most recent Television Critics Association press tour.

Related: Exclusive Interview with HUNTERS executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Natalie Chaidez

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