01/13/2012 06:46 pm ET

William H. Macy: 'Shameless' Character Frank Gallagher A Spokesman For Drunks (VIDEO)

William H. Macy may not be a drunk, but he plays one on TV. Macy has completely embraced his role as the always-drunk dad Frank Gallagher on Showtime's "Shameless," so much so that on Friday, in an interview on "The Talk" (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) he pushed back against the notion that it's somehow wrong that the show mines his character's alcoholism for laughs. After thinking about the issue, and reflecting on growing up with a mother who drank, Macy reached a different conclusion. "No that's not true, it's very funny!" he protested.

Macy extolled some of his character's other unique virtues. "He's got a great sense of humor, he works hard ... he works really hard at drinking, he's a con-artist but he works hard at it. I don't know, I love the guy ... I'd rather play this character than the good guy," he said.

For those reasons and more, Frank has emerged as a champion of the down-and-out. "At any given time, you can count on it, there's a lot of people in this country, in this world, that are toasted," Macy beamed, "And I'm their spokesman!"

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