Hugh Dillon was sick with worry after hearing of Mayor of Kingstown co-star Jeremy Renner’s recent snow plow accident. The crushing mishap put the Avengers star in the hospital with critical injuries.
Dillon’s fears were put to rest after speaking with Renner.
“I knew he was going to be okay because he was just so profane and so funny,” says Dillon. “That’s the testament to the kind of person he is because he wants you to not worry.”
The bracing prison town series has just returned for a second season on Paramount+. Dillon doesn’t just act on the series, he co-created it with his pal and long-time acting coach Taylor Sheridan. The two previously worked together on Sheridan’s Yellowstone, where Dillon played Sherriff Donnie Haskell.
Dillon based Mayor of Kingstown on his own hometown, Kingston, Ontario. Friends and family members worked in the prisons there and Dillon played hockey with prison guards. He reflects on how a few misdeeds along the way could have made prison life even more familiar to him.
He worked over a decade on his dream of making his prison series a reality. He even convinced producers to shoot the first season in a decommissioned prison right in Kingston. (Season Two wrapped on a larger prison field in Pittsburgh.)
On the podcast, Dillon also talks about his previous acting work on the CTV-CBS series Flashpoint as well as on other dramas such as The Killing and Durham County. He’s racked up close to 50 IMDb acting credits so far – not bad for a guy who has been rocking, recording and touring with his band The Headstones for decades.