USA’s White Collar is coming to an end with its upcoming 6th season. To talk about the final season, USA set up a conference call with Willie Garson, the actor who portrays Mozzie in the series, and members of the television press.
Garson was happy that the series managed to get a final season to wrap things up “We really took that opportunity seriously,” he said. On the topic of the show itself, Garson most enjoyed the collaborative nature of the series, and was excited that “TV shows can be run a different way.”
Throughout the conference Willie Garson periodically mentioned that Mozzie was the closest character to himself that he has played. He mentioned that Mozzie was originally meant to be a smaller and more mysterious presence on the show, but that his evolution took place on camera as he became a more successful character. Garson believes that Mozzie isn’t in it for the money, but rather the challenge, “the game is what keeps Mozzie going,” he said. Mr. Garson expressed surprise in Mozzie’s current position and friendships with several FBI Agents, saying, “I never thought that Mozzie would have any contact with anyone near the FBI.” Remembering Mozzie’s first trip to the FBI offices, Garson was happy that “the show doesn’t hit the same beats over and over,” Mozzie was scared of the FBI, but he’s been there, he’s done that, it isn’t an issue any more. When asked if Mozzie’s back story would come into play in the final 6 episodes Garson said “Very much so, and in a very incredible way,” he elaborated that “it was a massive surprise for me, and it will be a massive surprise for our fans.”
About his job as an actor, Mr. Garson said that it is his philosophy that “you go after NYPD Blue as hard as you go after Gilligan’s Island,” meaning that you work hard for whatever role you apply for and then take what you are given. Garson feels he has been lucky to be given so much, with NYPD Blue, Sex and the City, and now White Collar. When asked about what fans would find surprising about himself that is different from his characters, Mr. Garson revealed that he is a pretty good athlete, that he has a pilot’s license, and that he loves reality TV. He is also a partner in 2 Los Angeles restaurants; Dominicks, and Little Doms
Speaking about his favorite aspects of the show, Garson said “I always like the scenes that are not so much about a caper, but about 2 character talking,” he then acknowledged that this was true of most actors. He said that he will miss “the day to day comradare and fun of being together” with the other actors and crew in a collaborative environment. “It was sad and horrifying for all of us,” he related about the end of the series, “it came too quickly, and we were not prepared for the show to end so we just went to work.”
Willie Garson is currently developing a series at Fox. He will produce and star in The Courtship of Eddie’s Father. White Collar returns for its final 6 episode season this Thursday, November 6th.
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