What's Your Story: Nick Searcy


Nick currently portrays Chief Deputy United States Marshal Art Mullen on FX's Justified, which Vince featured in the April 2012 edition of What’s Vince Watching?  His film credits include Fried Green Tomatoes, Nell, The Fugitive, Cast Away, Head of State, Runaway Jury, The Ugly Truth and Moneyball.

What did you think when you saw Vince recommend Justified to his fans?
It was exciting.  It’s exciting when you’re a fan of someone who is also a fan of the show.

A number of fans have thanked Vince for turning them on to Justified.  Do you have any insights on Season 4 for them?
Not that I could say.  They call us in about two months before the season starts and we have a long conversation with the writers about our characters and where the show could go.  We may get around to exploring my character more this season.

When did you know Justified was going to be a success?
I knew it would be a good show, because there were a lot good people that were involved.  After we did the pilot though, I thought it was going to be a hit. It just had too many good elements.  Plus, any show that makes me the centerpiece will be a hit.

Why did you start reading Vince?
A friend turned me onto Vince about six years ago, and ever since then Amazon has me on speed dial and I get the books the day they come out and start reading.

What was the first of Vince’s books that you read?
Consent To Kill.

Do you have a favorite book or character?
American Assassin.  I thought it was great, going back and getting the history of the Mitch Rapp.  It really deepened the character. I really like every one of the books. The characters are well written, the plot is interesting and the endings are satisfying.

Who do you envision as Mitch Rapp when you read Vince’s novels?
I guess I always envision myself.  I think everyone tends to put themselves in the role of the protagonist.  Although, I don’t see myself doing all of that running. Because Vince’s picture is on all of his books, I also envision him as Rapp.

If you could be a character in a Vince Flynn novel, who would you be?

Who do you think should play Mitch Rapp in the movie?
My friends and I have chewed on that quite a bit, and to be honest we have not come up with anyone. Mitch is a bit of a throwback, and he needs a Steve McQueen type of actor.