Dermot Mulroney Scar Explained, 'Crisis' Role Examined

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In a very detailed interview with actor Dermot Mulroney, one question that came up was in reference to the 50-year-old's lip scar.

The scar, located below his right nostril, has been a noticeable physical feature since the start of his acting career.

Like any other nosey person, I too have wondered how the scar got there, and it's rather interesting to hear the story behind it.

“It was a long time ago, so I've always had it," he told the Chicago Sun Times magazine, Splash. "I was 3½ and I was carrying a dish for our pet rabbits. And I tripped and it broke, and I fell on it. I definitely remember that day, even though I was 3 years old. I don't think about it or see it, but it's always been there.

The About Schmidt star surely appears to be unashamed of his perfectly imperfect flaw-especially since he never conceals it.

“It certainly has its place on my face, right below my right nostril. That's where it belongs.”

Mulroney, who is also recognized for last year's featured roles in New Girl, is currently in Chicago working on the new television drama Crisis.

He adds that filming the series in Chicago brings back fond memories of the movie My Best Friend's Wedding, which he shot with Julia Roberts in 1997.

“Coming back here to shoot [‘Crisis'], I'll go by a stairway to an L where I know we shot a scene, or by a nightclub where we filmed. I'm always happening upon these locations that I shot at 16, 17 years ago, and I remember them like it was yesterday.”

The premier episode aired last week for the first time on NBC.

The actor explains that portraying secret service agent Thomas Gibson is quite out of his element, but he still welcomes the idea of exploring a daring and hostile character.

“I've finally understood what people mean when they say, ‘The character got under my skin.' I'm exploring the psychology of a man who has elements in his personality unchecked by conventional thinking. I've had some dark thoughts these days.”

Mulroney mentioned that he does, however, admires his character's intelligence.

"But the thing that most impresses me about Gibson is how truly genius he is. It's fun to play a character that is vastly more intelligent than I am, to be frank. It made me feel really smart."

Crisis will air Sundays at 10 p.m. on NBC.

View a sneak-peek to this week's episode below:

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