Murray Bartlett talks breakthrough role in 'The White Lotus'

“The White Lotus” star Murray Bartlett, who plays Armond, talks his first-time Emmy nomination for his role in the show.
3:35 | 08/17/22

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>>> I DON'T KNOW HOW IT WORKED AT YOUR OTHER PROPERTIES, BUT HERE SELF-DISCLOSURE IS DISCOURAGED. YOU DON'T WANT TO BE TOO SPECIFICAS A PERSON. YOU WANT TO BE MORE GENERIC. >> GENERIC? >> YES. WE'RE ASKED TO DISAPPEAR BEHIND OUR MASKS AS PLEASANT INTERCHANGEABLE HELPERS. >> THAT WAS A CLIP FROM THE HIT HBO COMEDY DRAMA "THE WHITE LOTUS." THE SERIES IS UP FOR 20 NOMINATIONS AT THE EMMY AWARDS. OUR NEXT GUEST IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES. HE'S ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE STARS OF THE SHOW AS THE CONTROL FREAK RESORT MANAGER ARMOND. THE ROLE EARNING HIM HIS FIRST EMMY NOMINATION. PLEASE WELCOME MURRAY BARTLETT. [ APPLAUSE ] >> WHAT A LOVELY INTRODUCTION. I APPRECIATE IT. >> IT'S GOING TO BE HARD FOR ME NOT TO CALL YOU ARMOND. >> JUST GO AHEAD. DON'T HOLD BACK. >> I LOVED YOUR CHARACTER. I LOVED THE SHOW. >> THANK YOU. >> YOU'RE NOMINATED FOR OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A LIMITED SERIES FOR YOUR ROLE AS ARMOND. YOU'VE BEEN IN THE BUSINESS FOR THREE DECADES. >> A WHILE. >> WHAT'S IT LIKE -- I'M SURE PEOPLE CONSTANTLY COME UP TO YOU ON THE STREET. WHAT'S IT LIKE TO HAVE THIS KIND O SUCCESS AT THIS POINT IN YOUR CAREER. >> YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S -- FOR ME IT FEELS LIKE THE BEST TIME FOR IT TO HAPPEN BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, I'M A LITTLE OLDER AND WISER, WISER I HOPE. SO I HAVE A GOOD PERSPECTIVE ON THE INDUSTRY AND THE WAY IT EBS AND FLOWS. THAT ALLOWS ME TO BE FULLY IN THE MOMENT AND REALLY ENJOY THE MOMENT. I AM. >> ARMOND IN THE SHOW IS HASSLED BY THESE OVERLY NEEDED WEALTHY GUESTS. THE WAY YOU HANDLE IT, YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT SOMETIMES. I'M CURIOUS, BECAUSE THROUGHOUT IT ALL, YOU WERE STILL ABLE TO BE SO LIKABLE. WE'RE ALL ROOTING FOR YOU EVEN THOUGH YOU WEREN'T NECESSARILY DOING THE GREATEST OF THINGS ALL THE TIME. HOW DID YOU BRING THAT SO THAT PEOPLE WERE ROOTING FOR YOU, AT THE SAME TIME I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT JUST HAPPENED OR HE JUST DID THAT? THAT'S GOT TO BE A REALLY INTERESTING POSITION TO BE IN AS AN ACTOR. >> YEAH, I THINK THAT -- WELL, I DON'T KNOW THAT YOU ALWAYS WANT TO DO THIS, BUT WITH THIS CHARACTER I WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE LET THE AUDIENCE IN. HE'S A LARGER THAN LIFE CHARACTER IN A LOT OF WAYS. THE BRILLIANCE OF MIKE WHITE IS HE WROTE THIS COMPLEX CHARACTER THAT'S NOT JUST THIS LARGER THAN LIFE SHOWMAN. HE'S GOT DEMONS AND MOMENTS OF VULNERABILITY AND SENSITIVITY. WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE WE LANDED THOSE MOMENTS SO HE FELT HUMAN AND YOU KIND OF LET THE AUDIENCE IN. THEN, YOU KNOW, THEY'RE LIKE AH. THEN YOU TAKE THEM ON A RIDE WITH YOU. >> YOU GO FROM AH TO OH. >> EXACTLY. I THINK MIKE IS BRILLIANT AT THAT. HE CREATES THESE REALLY FUNNY CHARACTERS, BUT HE'S ALSO HOLDING A MIRROR UP TO US AND SOMETIMES THE UGLIER SIDES OF OUR NATURE IN A WAY THAT MAKE YOU TAKE STOCK. HE DISARMS YOU WITH THE HUMOR AND PULLS YOU IN. >> IT'S REALLY ENTERTAINING. >> GOOD. >> GET YOUR ACCEPTANCE SPEECH READY. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. >> MY PLEASURE. >>

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