Bogosian: They bring something else. In fact, they do things and I'm like, 'Oh, I didn't know you could do that with that line.' Or they find a beat somewhere I didn't know about. I wrote it and I didn't realize you could do it.
AP: What happened to the monologue as an art form?
Bogosian: It was at its best when all the monologues worked in one big theme. But eventually that started to fall by the wayside. Monologue shows started to become a showcase for talent, or because of Spalding Gray's influence, people thought that the minutia of their personal lives was fascinating, not being the artist that Spalding was.
AP: Will it ever disappear?
Bogosian: I don't think it's something that will ever die because it's very cheap to produce. When you're a starving artist, it's a great way to get started. But I think when it's used as a stepping stone to other things, then it does have a capacity to get lost.
AP: How did a counterculture icon end up a police captain on a "Law & Order" franchise?
Bogosian: I totally accept the idea that a person's ideas can change over their life. But I never said anything against cops, I never said anything against soldiers, in my work. I come from a blue-collar town and grew up with guys who were cops and carpenters and soldiers. So I have a great deal of respect for those guys.
AP: What appealed to you about doing the show?
Bogosian: I wanted to do that kind of show because I felt that those shows are very similar to the style of the old Elia Kazan dramas, where nobody ever smiles and everything's very intense. I wanted to be able to do something where I never smiled and was grumpy all the time.
AP: Where do you want your career to go?
Bogosian: Who knows where my little journey's going to go as an actor because I'm not out there all the time. Honestly, I've got one thing left to do: I want to play a vampire in something and then my entire card will have been filled. I got to play an intense drama. I got to be the villain in an action movie. I got to be on 'Law & Order.'
AP: A vampire, really?
Bogosian: Yes. I want to be an old vampire. I want to be the leader of all the other vampires.
Mark Kennedy can be reached at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits