|Dennis Quaid. (Nikki Nelson/WENN.com)
Dennis Quaid feels he's uniquely qualified to be cast in projects set in the 1960s.
"Yeah, I guess it's the era I grew up in," said Quaid, 58. "I guess my haircut fits that era really well."
So it's a simple as that, is it?
Quaid is starring in the new drama Vegas, which debuts Tuesday on CBS and Global. The series is inspired by the true story of former Las Vegas Sheriff Ralph Lamb.
Quaid plays Lamb, a rancher reluctantly tasked with bringing order to 1960s Las Vegas, where a gambling and entertainment mecca is emerging from the tumbleweeds. This puts Lamb on a collision course with a transplanted Chicago mobster named Vincent Savino, played by Michael Chiklis.
"I guess Ralph represents the people who really lived in the area of Las Vegas and had been around for generations," Quaid said. "And to have these outside forces coming in, vis"'a"'vis the mob, to take over their town is sort of an invasion. The locals want to keep as much control as they can over their own town.
"I'm still fascinated with that era. It's what America was back then. There was such vibrance, and there was this optimism and exploration and sexiness. It was just in the air.
"You know, it was electric back then. We didn't have cell phones."
Cellphones or no cellphones, it's all about the hair. Don't tell Chiklis, though.