Ar­rest­ing drama zooms in on trust and mis­trust

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own heart of dark­ness.

What’s it like be­ing some­where like Rik­ers Is­land?

It can be re­ally ex­haust­ing, emo­tion­ally, just putting your­self in that place.

But ul­ti­mately, you have a re­spon­si­bil­ity, within the ar­ti­fice of that sit­u­a­tion, to try and do justice to the peo­ple that have opened up to you when you’re do­ing the re­search.

That’s some­thing that al­ways stays with me. Kalief Brow­der’s story came out while we were there. It’s about a young man who’d been in Rik­ers for three years and com­mit­ted sui­cide, trag­i­cally, when he was re­leased, be­cause of the post­trau­matic stress that he ex­pe­ri­enced. Th­ese kinds of things mo­ti­vate you.

How do you go about play­ing a char­ac­ter who’s con­stantly be­ing told to say noth­ing, give noth­ing away?

That’s an in­sight­ful ques­tion, par­tic­u­larly as many of the char­ac­ters I’ve played in the past have been quite ex­pres­sive char­ac­ters who drive the ac­tion, rather than find­ing them­selves pushed along by events.

It was frus­trat­ing at times, but that’s perfect for what the char­ac­ter is feeling and I’m a big be­liever in us­ing some of the dy­nam­ics and feel­ings that emerge from the film set.

Here I had to shut down and keep my mouth shut and just sur­vive and make it through. That ended be­ing quite help­ful for the char­ac­ter. It also speaks to the pre­ci­sion of Steve Zail­lian’s vi­sion, where ev­ery­thing is about invit­ing the viewer to pro­ject their fears and fan­tasies on to the char­ac­ter.

That only works when it’s suit­ably re­strained, but there’s enough go­ing on there to draw you in.

● The Night Of airs ex­press from the US on Mon­days at 3am and on Fri­days at 9pm on M-Net Edge.

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