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If a film or television show is based on material by author Stephen King, then it is likely that the film or TV show in question will, at the very least, turn out to be good. This was absolutely the case for Mr. Mercedes which was one of the most critically well-received shows of 2017. Harry Treadaway and Brendan Gleeson were praised for the performances they gave in Season 1 and, in an interview with Collider, Brendan Gleeson talked about Mr. Mercedes.
Here is what Brendan Gleeson had to say about what made him want to join Mr. Mercedes in the first place:
“Well, I think the character is very rich. It’s an older character that has been properly explored, which you don’t always get. It’s a bit like the way women were, for years, just as part of another story.”
“I think older people have been part of other stories for quite a long time, but it’s very seldom that their emotional life is explored. For somebody like me, that’s gold dust. [Hodges] is very flawed. In the book, he was suicidal, in the opening part.”
“We tried to tone that down a small bit, but it’s apparently true that a lot of retired detectives and police officers take their own lives. People who have given themselves over to a particular life, have seen an awful lot of really bad stuff, and have maybe lost their families through over-commitment to it, amongst other things.”
“They feel very alone when their job goes. He was very challenged, and at the heart of him was a stubbornness about holding up certain principles, of what he felt was acceptable, as proper human behavior.”
“There was a very beaten up, flawed nobility about his soul, somewhere hidden amongst all the booze and the desperation. This kind of stuff is what you want to get your teeth into, so it’s been pretty great.”
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