Any Michael Chiklis fans out there? He can count a huge one right here, especially after he recently came to my rescue. I mean, what’s an editor to do in order to follow up the biggest issue of her career — with the indomitable Celine Dion on the cover, and the ever-important “September issue” at that. And top it off, at Vegas magazine, October is our men’s issue, sometimes a challenge for a girly girl like me. Luckily, CBS came swooped in with a new show, aptly titled Vegas, starring the notorious “tough guy” actor Michael Chiklis. I couldn’t think of anyone better for my men’s issue.
But I do admit, I had some concerns.
My biggest worry? While Michael dominates every role he plays, from Detective Vic Mackey in The Shield, to The Thing in Fantastic Four… How were his modeling skills? I decided to put his gorgeous Vegas costar Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity!) on with him. In the end: Not only did the camera love Michael, but his gangster look (he plays the fictional Vincent Savino) suited stunning Carrie-Anne, in floor-length gowns (on the cover: Carolina Herrera), perfectly.
After an informal poll on my Facebook fan page, I learned that not many people know the story of the real-life Ralph Lamb (played by Dennis Quaid) who the show is based on. Still a Vegas resident at the tender age of 85 (his family has been here for generations), the rough-and-tumble Ralph was a no-nonsense rancher when Nevada was still very much the Wild West — before becoming one of the most famous Sin City sheriffs of all time, elected in 1960.
“I hate to take the glory for something I was getting paid for. I was elected, and I did what the people wanted me to do.” — Ralph Lamb, in Vegas magazine
Pretty humble stuff from someone who was never known for his humility — rather, his ruthless ways of getting the bad guys: “I remember on one occasion chasing a guy in an airplane; we chased him till he ran out of gas and made him land just north of the Las Vegas air terminal. He had 12 sacks of marijuana.”
For more on the historical aspects of the show, please see the print edition of the issue. Or, check out our online version for our fun interviews with the stars: Michael and Carrie-Anne (as well as some behind-the-scenes footage from our shoot)!
As I’ve mentioned before, I get so attached to every issue as it comes out, after building it page by page in many rounds of editing, before being put together like a puzzle on my “wall.”