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For anyone to play the same character in two different projects is a huge rarity in the entertainment industry. Still, this is what Damon Herriman has done. Indeed, he has played/will play the role of Charles Manson in the TV show Mindhunter and the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
In an interview with Collider, Damon Herriman had the opportunity to discuss his double casting as Charles Manson.
Damon Herriman said this on how his double casting all came about:
“Mindhunter came about first. That was something that came about at the end of 2017, actually, which is a very long lead up for TV, for a TV guest role […] And then the Quentin Tarantino thing was kind of coincidental, but not totally.”
“Someone on his film had heard I was playing it in Mindhunter and knew it wasn’t cast in Tarantino’s film yet, so suggested to him that he audition me […] I didn’t mention I was already playing the role in David Fincher’s show, which I think was a good thing; he probably wouldn’t have wanted to see that guy. Then I auditioned and ended up getting both and shooting two different things within two weeks of each other.”
“The day I landed in America to do the makeup test for Mindhunter, the day after that I got the call saying I got the role in the Tarantino movie, which was immediately the best and worst news I ever got in my life because I thought I’m definitely now not going to get this because we have to tell him now that I’m already doing it.”
“The reason I auditioned was because I thought I might get something else in it, possibly. I thought I can’t not audition, but there’s no way he’s going to cast the same guy […] And then when I met him was like, ‘Yeah, it’s like a cool little bookend thing because one is 1969 and one is 1980,’ and he kind of dug it.”
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