Patton Oswalt voices a blue horse and Christopher Meloni is a cop-turned-hitman in Syfy’s new TV show ‘Happy!’
This Christmas, Christopher Meloni is bringing chaos to all — and to all, a violent night — with Happy!
The madcap new Syfy series (premieres Wednesday, 10 ET/PT) surrounds the former Law & Order: SVU star with complete disorder: Meloni’s Nick Sax is an ex-cop turned hitman who, following a botched job, comes into contact with an imaginary blue horse/unicorn named Happy (voiced by Patton Oswalt). Nick’s pulled out of his seedy life of drunkenness and debauchery by this chatty critter in order to find a young girl who’s been kidnapped by a perverted Santa.
“Everyone likes to see this and every actor likes to play this, the antihero or the guy or girl who has this journey of self-discovery,” Meloni says. “Nick still doesn’t know how (messed) up he is — he only realizes superficially what he’s missed in life to a certain degree. There’s a lot of mining to do with this guy, what makes him him and his bad choices.”
USA TODAY talks with Meloni about the new show and his seasonal favorites.
Q: You’ve played some crazy characters before. Was Nick a culmination of those?
A: There was a real sense of exploration and freedom in everything we did, and it kept things getting crazier. It was a great playpen of anarchy and it plays to suits that I enjoy: physical comedy and quips. But also meaning and heart and all that.
Q: It’s like A Christmas Carol, with a goofy unicorn instead of three ghosts.
A: We absolutely thought it was Christmas Carol combined with It’s A Wonderful Life and maybe Quentin Tarantino and a little Sin City. It’s this mishmosh — you would never put those things together.
Q: There are a lot of holiday accessories strewn about. Do you have a favorite?
A: Nick Sax’s scarf, without question. It has “Feliz Navidad” on it — that just made us laugh because it’s so warm and cheerful and José Feliciano-esque.