Michael C. Hall once read lines to Allen Ginsberg

05:00 AM, Sep 08, 2013

Michael C. Hall at the Sony Pictures Classics' cast dinner at TIFF. Aaron Harris Getty Images/


Written By by Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY

TORONTO — Power mingling. It’s what’s happening in the hours surrounding the film fest’s premieres, screenings and interviews. Even the stars are surprising each other in stolen moments.

At the Sony Pictures Classics dinner Saturday night, Ralph Fiennes stopped to greet famous Indian actor Irrfan Khan. Khan stars in The Lunchbox, a romantic Bollywood film that sold to Sony at Cannes this year. “I’m a big fan,” Fiennes told him, shaking Khan’s hand. “I hope we work together.”

Me too,” smiled Khan. Nearby, Daniel Radcliffe schmoozed with Michael C. Hall, who stars with him in Beat Generation murder mystery Kill Your Darlings. Hall recalled his first time meeting the real Beat poet.

I went through as most American men of a certain age do, a certain fascination with the Beats,” said Hall. “I was able to actually meet Allen Ginsberg on a couple of occasions back in New York in the early to mid ’90s,” when Hall was in his 20s. “It was when I was in grad school in New York and my roommate was working in his office building as an assistant.”

Hall remembers Ginsberg questioning him about his aspirations. “I was actually very shy, I was doing the production of Henry V at the time and he asked me to recite one of my lines. Very much on the spot,” Hall recalls.

Young Hall quietly recited a bit from his monologue. “And he said, ‘Do you always deliver your lines in such a hushed tone?’ I said, ‘Well no, of course not!’ ” Hall laughs. “But no, he was very kind.”

Next, Hall is moving on from Dexter with the dark film Cold in July, and sounds unlikely to return to TV. “I’m interested in making commitments that aren’t open-ended,” he said. “Things that have a definitive beginning, middle and end.”