KARLOVY VARY – Even after Dexter’s eighth and final season launching Sunday night, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo star Julian Sands isn't dishing about his guest-starring role as Miles Foster, an international businessman on the blood-soaked Showtime drama.
He won’t even say how many episodes he appears in, to save the suspense of his character’s entrance.
But the British actor will admit what drew him to Dexter, besides the anti-hero writing and characters, was British actress Charlotte Rampling adding glam to the set.
"The thing that really turned me on is Charlotte Rampling is in the cast for this final series,” he told The Hollywood Reporter in Karlovy Vary, where he has brought his one-man show about Harold Pinter’s poems and political writings to the Bohemian spa town for a one-night stand.
For Sands, best known for his star turns in A Room With a View and The Killing Fields, Rampling has stood in his eyes as a cultural and fashion icon since seeing the films of Luchino Visconti and Rainer Werner Fassbinder ahead of drama school.
Of course, that adoration was not repaid with Sands appearing in Dexter scenes with Rampling as she plays a neuro-psychiatrist who specializes in profiling psychopaths.
He and Rampling only shared dinner a few times.
But Sands insists the Showtime drama with a serial killer as hero does allow him to indulge a taste for playing villains, as he did in 24.
He’s now busy with a multi-episode arc during the second season of Banshee that will have him back on the North Carolina set for the Cinemax series from mid-August through early September.
Sands plays the younger and more dangerous and angry brother of Rabbit, played by Ben Cross.
“He also has God on his side,” he adds of the amoral priest character.
Sands has also just completed production in Budapest on the feature film Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, which is based on Richard Alfieri’s stage play of the same name.
He played a former all-Florida dance champion and mentor to a young dancing instructor-come-gigolo played by Cheyenne Jackson.
The feature is now in post-production, with Hungary-based Docler Entertainment and Los Angeles-based Entpro Inc. producing.
Sands on Monday night was set to perform A Celebration of Harold Pinter, the John Malkovich-directed showcase of Pinter’s prose that debuted in 2011 at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
The Karlovy Vary Film Festival continues to July 7.