Dylan Baker on Colin Sweeney's Return to The Good Wife
Dylan Baker and Julianna Margulies | Photo Credits: David M. Russell/CBS
When accused wife-killer Colin Sweeney (Dylan Baker) turned up in The Good Wife's first season, it was loathe at first sight. Sweeney knew exactly which of then-first year associate Alicia Florrick's (Julianna Margulies) buttons to push, and since then the writers have used the twisted relationship to set up some of the show's best shows. Sweeney returns for the March 31 episode, which sees the domestic bliss he's found with former employee Isobel (Morena Baccarin) and their son threatened by the Supreme Court. Baker called up TV Guide Magazine from the Anchorman 2 set in Atlanta ("I haven't ruined any takes yet by laughing, but it's early days," he admitted) to talk about the return of everyone's favorite slimy — or "uncomplicatedly, refreshingly open," as Baker puts it — Lockhart/Gardner client.
TV Guide Magazine: Had you been a fan of the show before getting to play the character or did you see a script and go, "Oh, yes"?
Dylan Baker: I actually went to grad school with Chris Noth; I saw he was doing the show, so I started watching it from the beginning and was pretty much hooked. So when they asked me to do something in it I was like, "Yeah, sure, that sounds great," and when I read the character I went, "Wow. This is cool." At that point it was a lot of turtlenecks, and I was like, "What is the deal with the turtlenecks?" [Laughs]
TV Guide Magazine: Did you say, "Can we maybe dial that back?"
Baker: Well, it did graduate into three-piece suits, maybe as he became more serious.
TV Guide Magazine: Did you know when you first took the role that it was going to be a recurring character?
Baker: No! I was shocked when they wrote a second episode, to tell you the truth. And then I went, "Oh, okay, I'm in jail, I guess that's it, that's the end of Sweeney." And sure enough, all of a sudden there was more to it. I'm going to appear in the last episode of the season, too. That was the other thing I liked, that they're exploring in these episodes: It's not just Alicia that Sweeney starts getting interested in. What's going on with Will? What's going on with Diane? What's going on with Cary? It just doesn't stop. He's an equal-opportunity annoyer. Any time any of these people say, "Well, I know Sweeney's difficult, so I'm gonna approach it this way," they inevitably get into a situation where they go, "Uh oh. He's got me." And that's really fun. There are so many other characters for me to annoy!
TV Guide Magazine: Last we saw of Mr. Sweeney, he'd become sort of a family man.
Baker: This episode has a lot to do with, "Are we going to take the next step? Are we going to actually get married?" And luckily the writers also like writing for Morena. She is definitely up to any forays into the... romance. [Laughs] Isobel will say exactly what's on her mind, and I think that's what appeals to Sweeney.
TV Guide Magazine: Has Sweeney changed at all, now that he has a son?
Baker: Uh, let's see.... That'll take some time... No, not at all. [Laughs] I would love to see the episode where we really go into how we're raising the son, his problems and his advantages.
TV Guide Magazine: In the preview, Isobel is clearly worried Sweeney's going to murder her. Does she have reason to be afraid?
Baker: I just can't believe anybody would think that would happen! I don't understand how these bad rumors get started! [Laughs]