Kelsey Grammer plays Chicago 'Boss' on TV - is a real political career in his future?
Kelsey Grammer plays a ruthless Chicago mayor in the new Starz series, "Boss," but will life imitate fiction?
The 56-year-old actor says he may run for political office in the future but has not revealed any concrete plans.
"For years, people have been publishing that I actually have declared that I would be interested in serving in the political scene, somewhere, somehow, some day," Grammer told OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith. "That remains true. I just don't know what it might be or what capacity. It won't happen until I've decided I'm going to quit being an actor."
Since 2004, Grammer has donated at least $6,700 to Republican causes - including the presidential campaign of George W. Bush. The political affiliation of the actor's character in "Boss," Chicago Mayor Tom Kane, is not revealed.
In the series, Kane rallies against his opponents while battling a degenerative neurological condition that he is trying to keep from hitting the headlines.
"We meet a man who's basically king," the actor said. "He's been elected king but he looks at Chicago as his ... property, basically, and the people of Chicago as his subjects but also, he has a loving, caretaker nature about it. But he is willing to hold onto power by any means necessary. He is given some very bad news right up front in the show and suddenly his legacy has a time limit on it."
Grammer compared his new show to a Shakespeare play. The actor has himself starred in many productions by the famous playwright, including the tragedy "Othello" in Chicago.
"('Boss') has the feeling of a kind of magical kingdom that kind of rise out of the plains," he said. "We wanted to have that energy about it. It's unique, it's insulated, it is Chicago. In a way, it's a kind of a kingdom and our desire to make it a bit of a throwback to the kind of intrigue and betrayal and deceptions hat go on, for instance in a lot of Shakespeare's plays. We've lifted from that world a little bit and tried to blend the two."
Grammer is also keeping busy with a new sitcom pilot he is developing. He says the comedy project is loosely based on his own life. Earlier this year, the actor and his third wife, Camille, the mother of his two children, finalized their divorce. He later married a younger woman named Kayte Walsh.
"Boss" debuts on October 21 at 10 p.m. on the Starz network or You can also watch it online and check out a trailer and a clip below.
Reporting by Rachel Smith, co-host of KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).