Michael Keaton takes on a more terrifying opponent than the Joker in the 1989 movie “Batman”.
Hulus “Dopesick“Is an eight-episode limited series depicting the rise and fall of the opioid epidemic that has roused millions of Americans since a group of strong pain relievers became widespread in the 1990s. 20th Television and the Littlefield Co.’s series is led by Keaton, who said he believed the series would educate viewers about the deadly epidemic.
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“I think people are hip and smarter now, but I think they are getting smarter,” said Keaton diversity on Monday at the Dopesick red carpet premiere at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. “I definitely think it’ll enlighten some people.”
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Keaton plays Samuel Finnix, an old-school doctor from a small Virginia mining town who begins prescribing OxyContin to his patients for pain relief.
“He’s a really decent person and carries you through history,” said Keaton. “They put it on your back and as an actor you say, ‘Okay, I have big shoulders’.”
Much of Keaton’s screen time is shared with Will Poulter, who plays a Purdue salesman who plays Dr. Finnix believes OxyConton is essentially non-addictive by following the company’s emotionally manipulative approach.
“There was a culture of deception, bribery and fraud that pervaded Purdue,” Poulter said. “Playing a character who got involved in all of this was disturbing, but absolutely necessary if we are to tell the truth about what was going on there.”
John Hoogenakker and Peter Sarsgaard portray federal attorneys who sought to expose the fraudulent marketing of OxyContin by Purdue Pharma. Sarsgaard, who was attending the red carpet event with his wife, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, praised Hoogenakker and expressed an interest in keeping their on-screen momentum alive in a comedy series.
“[John] is one of my favorite actors I’ve ever played with, ”said Sarsgaard. “I think we’re due for our own show. I think we need some kind of ‘odd couple’ show. “
“Dopesick” personalizes the drug epidemic by highlighting five different storylines, some of which take place over different time periods. Writer and director Danny Strong said this led him to abandon a traditional structure in favor of a more ambitious one.
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“If I told these storylines in chronological order, I wouldn’t be able to reach investigators until episode five,” said Strong. “I thought the investigation should be the backbone of the story, so I thought it could be really dynamic going in and out of time and telling the story almost like a puzzle.”
The Sackler family ran Purdue Pharma for over a century before leaving the company amid a series of lawsuits related to the fraudulent marketing of OxyContin. While the family paid an estimated $ 4.5 billion in settlements, they have been acquitted of any jail term and remain one of the wealthiest families in America. “If a person doesn’t go to jail, no one will feel it,” said Sarsgaard. “You take money from a company, something that is not human. Nobody suffers financially. I think they have to suffer like the guy who throws dope on the corner. “
The “Shattered Glass” actor then compared the situation to the conviction of Martha Stewart, where the television personality was jailed for five months after being found guilty of insider stock trading.
“Look, I think if we can jail Martha Stewart for something like her, which every man in New York who works in that sector has done, we can jail one of these people for drug trafficking,” Sarsgaard said called.
“Dopesick” is set to premiere on October 13th on Hulu.
(Pictured above: Craig Erwich of Hulu / ABC Entertainment, “Dopesick” star Peter Sarsgaard and his wife, actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, and executive producers Warren Littlefield and Beth Macy.)
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