Fists of Jury
"Angel"'s least favorite lawyer gets ready for a showdown. Actor Christian Kane tells EW.com why it's time that his villainous character strikes back
by Justine Elias
No TV lawyer endures
more regular humiliations
than "Angel" costar
Christian Kane. Though
his character, Lindsay
McDonald, is the wiliest
employee of a law firm
(literally) from hell, he
has to walk into star
David Boreanaz's fist (or
garrote, or sword) about once an episode.
Those regularly scheduled brawls -- which
Boreanaz's vampire avenger always wins,
naturally -- are the subject of a lot of good
natured jokes on the set: Kane, 27, and
Boreanaz have been pals since both were
starting out in Hollywood. The duel continues
on the next "Angel" (Dec. 19, 9 p.m.), when
the longtime adversaries unexpectedly find
themselves on the same side of a deadly
EW.com talked with Kane about his
righteously nasty character -- and why it's
good to play the fall guy.
Even when Lindsay has temporarily set
aside his evil ways to help Angel, he STILL
gets the crap beat out of him.
Every episode! I'm always getting the s---
beat out of me. I've been choked, cut. You
know, Angel cut my hand off. I got beat up
by a blind woman; I got beat up by Darla
[Julie Benz], who's dying of syphilis. One of
these days, Lindsay's going to kick someone's
ass. All the writers have to do is put pen to
paper, and I'm ready to go.
About that writing: This law firm can
summon demons -- and yet they don't
have evil paramedics on call to reattach
Lindsay's severed hand. What gives?
Exactly! I was like, I'm rich as hell, I've raised
someone from the dead, and I've got a $5
rubber prosthetic hand. I complain about that
rubber hand every day. But the producers
have a reason for everything. They know
what'll happen, even if I don't. The coolest
thing about being on a show that deals with
fantasy is, even if you die, that doesn't mean
you're off the show. But my fantasy plotline
is, Lindsay gets super powers. He ditches the
lawyer suits, he ditches the rubber hand, and
he's got... he's got a METAL CLAW! And a
leather jacket. And he's a badass. You get
beat up a lot, stuff like that goes through
Do you ever question your choice of
No way. I've always wanted to be an actor.
When I was growing up, my family moved
around a lot in Texas and Oklahoma, and the
movies were like my best friend. I had done a
little acting when I was in college [at the
University of Oklahoma], but I was in a
fraternity, hanging around with wrestlers and
football players, a rough crowd. I couldn't tell
them. I drove across town and tried out for a
production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" -- I
had one line. Every night I'd sit through three
hours to say that one line, and I loved it.
How did you land your first acting job in
It was six months after I got out here. I knew
no one. I came out with nothing but my truck
and some clothes, when I was 21. The
second audition I got was for "Fame L.A." and
the character was supposed to be a
comedian. I said, "I'm not really that funny,
but here's what I can do: I can sing." And I
can. I've sung backup for my cousin, Brandon
Hart, who's a country singer in Nashville. So
they made the character a singer.
Did you knock 'em dead at your first WB
No. Well, maybe. I'd met Boreanaz when I
was starting to do "Fame L.A." and he was
just starting on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
We went to the same gym. We always said,
"We're going to work together." But you don't
ever think you're going to work with your
buddies. [In 1999,] I auditioned for "Buffy,"
for the role that Marc Blucas has [as Buffy's
boyfriend, Riley]. Later, they called me in for
"Angel." I went in, played one scene, and
that was it.
Riley's a corn fed Iowa soldier boy --
that's a far cry from the slick lawyer who
wears expensive tailored suits, isn't it?
I'm a LOT different from Lindsay. If you saw
"Love Song" [an MTV movie that aired this
month], I played a musician, a regular guy.
That's me -- I sing in a country rock band
called Kane. That's what I do most of the
time, when I'm not working on "Angel." If you
see "Crossfire Trail" [a TNT western airing
Jan. 21], that's the person who's most like
me. I'm a cowboy from Oklahoma. I don't
even know what half the words Lindsay uses
mean. But you know who's not me? On
"Dawson's Creek" [an episode airing in
January], I play this frat boy, kind of a
dick...but also kind of a nice guy. No, more of
a dick. That's not me.
This season, "Angel" is set partly in a
demonic karaoke bar, where Boreanaz
sings, very badly. If Lindsay ever took the
stage, what would he sing?
That's easy: "The Devil Went Down to
Georgia." That's a good long song. More
screen time, baby.