Friday, July 28, 2017

Mr. Mercedes Exclusive Cast Interview



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ABOUT THE SHOW

A demented serial killer taunts a retired police detective with a series of lurid letters and emails, forcing the ex-cop to undertake a private, and potentially felonious, crusade to bring the killer to justice before he can strike again. Based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King. Directed by Jack Bender (Lost, Game of Thrones) and adapted for television by David E. Kelley. All three serve as Executive Producers.


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ABOUT THE CAST 

Detective Bill Hodges Played by BRENDAN GLEESON
Once a highly-respected police detective, he now passes the time yelling at the neighborhood kids, feeding his pet tortoise Fred and drinking a few too many beers – that is until one of his former unresolved cases starts pushing him to an entirely new edge.
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A former teacher, Dublin-born Brendan Gleeson left the profession to pursue a career in his first love – acting. He joined the Irish theater company Passion Machine and has since starred on the stage, in films and on television, winning fans and awards worldwide. Most recently, his films have included Trespass Against Us opposite Michael Fassbender, Vincent Perez’s Alone in Berlinopposite Emma Thompson, Assassin's Creed once again with Michael Fassbender, the WB Ben Affleck starrer Live By Night, Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea and Suffragette opposite Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, once again winning the BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor.



Brady Hartsfield Played by HARRY TREADAWAY
Whip smart but slightly “off,” it’s clear that somewhere Brady’s life took a wrong turn. When he’s not slogging away at his jobs at Supreme Electronix or as the driver of Friendly’s Frosteeez Ice Cream Truck, he’s using his technological savvy for dark and potentially sinister exploits.

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English-born actor Harry Treadaway may be best known for starring as “Dr. Frankenstein” on Showtime’s popular series Penny Dreadful from 2014-2016. His next films include the Amazon Studios currently untitled Nash Edgerton Project alongside Charlize Theron and Amanda Seyfried, as well as Halo of Stars with Lily Collins and Holliday Grainger. Additional credits include award winning features including Andrea Arnold's Fish Tank, Joy division bio-pic Control, and British cult film Brothers of the Headopposite his real life twin brother Luke. Harry played the lead role in the BAFTA nominated short film Love You More by Patrick Marber, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson. Harry's theatre credits include Ibsen's Ghosts at the West End, and Tribes at The Royal Court.



Deborah Hartsfield Played by KELLY LYNCH
Brady’s mother, an alcoholic with her glory days behind her, Deborah’s love for Brady is nothing short of a sick obsession; the only way she’s able to “take care” of her son, is by pleasuring him in a number of inappropriate ways.

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Kelly Lynch received early praise (and the first of two Independent Spirit Award nominations) as "Dianne", Matt Dillon’s strung-out girlfriend in Gus Van Sant’s brilliant Drugstore Cowboy. Lynch’s range is dazzling—from the sleek villainess in the first Charlie’s Angels to Thora Birch’s doomed, schizophrenic mother in the Emmy-nominated television movie Homeless to Harvard, to Mickey Rourke’s corrupt lover in Michael Cimino’s Desperate Hours. Perhaps her most remarkable transformation was as "Ivan Aycock", the gender-bending, courtly drag king in the groundbreaking hit Showtime series The L Word.


Jerome Robinson Played by JHARREL JEROME
Good-natured but a bit of a smart-ass because he’s Harvard bound, Jerome is Hodges’ neighbor; he mows Hodges’ lawn and also helps Hodges with all things computer-related, which ultimately sucks him into the dark vortex that is the Mercedes killer.

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A Bronx native, actor Jharrel Jerome made his feature film debut in Barry Jenkins' Academy Award® winning film Moonlight, for which he and his cast mates have earned countless accolades including the Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award and a SAG Awards nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Film. Jharrel also recently wrapped production on Anthony Mandler’s film Monster, based on Walter Dean Myers’ Michael L. Printz Award Winning novel of the same name, opposite Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright, Tim Blake Nelson, and Nas; and played a leading role in Olivia Newman’s directorial debut First Match, starring opposite Colman Domingo and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.


Janey Patterson Played by MARY-LOUISE PARKER
The younger sister of the late Olivia Trelawney, owner of the stolen Mercedes, Janey’s no-nonsense (but equally as charming) attitude radiates, as does her physical beauty. She's emotionally mature, strong-willed, and totally winning.

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Mary-Louise Parker is an American actress and author. In addition to her many films, Parker enjoyed great popularity for her lead role on Showtime's television series Weeds portraying Nancy Botwin, for which she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2006. Parker has appeared in films and series including RED, RED 2, Fried Green Tomatoes, Boys on the Side, The West Wing, and Angels in America, for which she received a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Parker is also the recipient of the 2001 Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in the Broadway play Proof. She also starred in When We Rise.


Ida Silver Played by HOLLAND TAYLOR
Ida is Hodges’ outspoken next-door neighbor; a woman who prides herself on all things aesthetically-pleasing, be it her rose garden or her naked body, Ida tells it like it is, regardless of whether or not Hodges wants to hear it.
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The New Yorker has called Holland Taylor “the first vaudeville Gentile we ever saw.” Her New York stage performances include Bess in Breakfast with Les and Bess, the original productions of Butley, opposite Alan Bates, and A.R. Gurney’s The Cocktail Hour. In Los Angeles she has performed in Kindertransport, and played opposite Christopher Lloyd in Yasmina Reza’s The Unexpected Man at the Geffen. She has worked extensively in film and television, appearing in Romancing the Stone, Jewel of the Nile, To Die For, Next Stop Wonderland, One Fine Day, George of the Jungle, The Truman Show, Happy Accidents, Spy Kids (2 & 3), Keeping the Faith, Legally Blonde, and Baby Mama, with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. On television, Holland has been nominated for the Emmy seven times, winning Best Supporting Actress in a Drama for the sexually popular Judge Roberta Kittleson on The Practice.


Lou Linklatter Played by BREEDA WOOL
Witty, sarcastic, and incredibly intelligent, Lou works with Brady at “Supreme Electronix”; she’s a boyish lesbian with a “take it or leave it” attitude, and she’s the closest thing Brady’s ever had to a real friend. A bit of an anarchist, Lou enjoys challenging Robi, her and Brady’s manager, and has no problem patronizing customers when they’re homophobic and offensive.
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Born and raised in Urbana, Illinois, Breeda Wool moved to New York City after college to perform in theater, sketch comedy, and avant-garde movement dance before heading west to Los Angeles. Wool landed her first major television role in Amazon’s premier series, Betas. Immediately following, she scored a starring role in the first season of the highly acclaimed series, UnReal. Wool’s character ‘Faith’ quickly became a standout favorite of the series to both fans and critics alike leading to a spin-off entitled, The Faith Diaries. Wool’s talents were also showcased opposite Lola Kirke in the feature AWOL, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews. Most recently Wool was seen in the female directed horror anthology, XX.


Holly Gibney Played by JUSTINE LUPE
Janey and Olivia’s younger cousin and a computer wizard, Holly has some “issues”: OCD, Synesthesia, Sensory Processing Disorder, and she’s somewhere on the spectrum. But she’s also terribly observant, refreshingly unfiltered, and unaware of her innocence, which is oddly endearing
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A Juilliard grad, Justine started her career in Noah Baumbach's Frances Ha, opposite Greta Gerwig and Adam Driver and in David Chase’s Not Fade Away, opposite James Gandolfini and Jack Huston. She then went on to star in the Philip Seymour Hoffman-directed family drama A Family for all Occasions at the Bank Street Theater. Most recently, Justine can be seen in the John Singleton, FX series Snowfall. Justine was also seen opposite Sutton Foster in the second season of Darren Star’s Younger and as a series regular on the critically acclaimed ABC comedy, Cristela. She has done series regular roles for creatives such as Barry Sonnenfeld, David E. Kelley and Michael Fresco and has guest starred in shows such as The Good Wife, Shameless, Southland and Hulu's Deadbeat.



ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS


Executive Producer STEPHEN KING
Stephen Edwin King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King.

Stephen Edwin King made his first professional short story sale ("The Glass Floor") to Startling Mystery Stories in 1967. Throughout the early years of his marriage, he continued to sell stories to men's magazines. Many of these were later gathered into the Night Shift collection or appeared in other anthologies.

Carrie was published in the spring of 1974. That same fall, the Kings left Maine for Boulder, Colorado. They lived there for a little less than a year, during which Stephen wrote The Shining, set in Colorado. Returning to Maine in the summer of 1975, the Kings purchased a home in the Lakes Region of western Maine. At that house, Stephen finished writing The Stand, much of which also is set in Boulder. The Dead Zonewas also written in Bridgton.

Stephen is the 2003 recipient of The National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters and the 2014 National Medal of Arts.



Executive Producer DAVID E. KELLEY
Multi award-winning writer/producer David E. Kelley is the mind behind some of America’s most distinctive television series. As creator of the Emmy, Peabody and Golden Globe Award-winning shows Boston Legal, The Practice, and Ally McBeal, the critically acclaimed dramatic series Boston Public and Chicago Hope, and the multiple award-winning drama series Picket Fences, Kelley’s writing and executive-producing style continue to intrigue television viewing audiences.

Honored with four George Foster Peabody Awards, a Television Showmanship Award from the Publicists Guild of America, the David Susskind Lifetime Achievement Award from the Producers Guild and the TV Guide Awards’ inaugural Brandon Tartikoff Award, Kelley was also the subject of a tribute by the Museum of Television and Radio and was named a Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame Honoree. He is the recipient of the Monte Carlo Television Festival’s first Showman of the Year Award, the Casting Society of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and has been honored by the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles. In addition, he has received the prestigious Humanitas Prize for two consecutive years for The Practice, and was presented with both The Paddy Chayefsky Lifetime Achievement Award and The Paul Selvin Award from the Writers Guild of America. To date, Kelley is the only Producer to ever win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy and Outstanding Drama, Ally McBeal and “The Practice” respectfully, in the same year (1999).

Born in Waterville, Maine, Kelley graduated from Princeton University in 1979, where he served as captain of the hockey team. He received his law degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1983 and practiced law for three years before joining L.A. Law.


Executive Producer JACK BENDER
Jack Bender started out as an actor in his early 20’s, guest starring on many iconic TV shows including All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Mod Squad, although he soon shifted his focus to directing. The next chapter was filled with directing theatre at the Old Globe in San Diego, the Seattle Rep and The Empty Space in Seattle and the Mark Taper Forum in L.A. He was Assistant Director to Gordon Davidson on the world premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning play The Shadow Box and also on Luis Valdez’s Zoot Suit, both in LA and on Broadway. After directing a play for the legendary John Houseman, Bender was hired by Mr. Houseman to be a dialogue coach on the CBS series The Paper Chase.

After writing and directing the award-winning short film A Real Naked Lady, Bender went on to direct dozens of movies for television, mini-series and groundbreaking series including Felicity, Alias, Boomtown, Ally McBeal, The Sopranos and Carnivale. Among the many pilots he has directed is Alphas for Syfy.

As Executive Producer/Director, Bender was one of the creative forces behind the worldwide ABC hit Lost, which won both the Emmy and the Golden Globe for Best Drama. He was also Executive Producer/Director of Stephen King’s Under the Dome for CBS and TNT’S hit series The Last Ship. Prior to beginning production as executive producer and director on Mr. Mercedes, he directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and received his sixth Emmy nomination for his direction of The Door.

As an artist, his art/storybook The Elephant in the Room was published last year.



MR. MERCEDES CAST EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW


Attendees at this year’s San Diego Comic Con were treated to a first look at the upcoming series Mr. Mercedes, based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King of the same name, which is set to premiere on August 9 on The Audience Network.

The show trails a manic killer (Harry Treadaway) who leaves taunting emails and letters to a retired police detective (Brendan Gleeson) that forces the former cop to engage in his former occupation to bring the killer to justice. It explores about the monster inside of us and the cast brings forth a powerful portrayal of characters that a lot of us can relate to. 

Mr. Mercedes is assembled with a strong cast that includes Treadaway (Penny Dreadful), Jharrel Jerome (Moonlight), Kelly Lynch (Magic City), Breeda Wool (Unreal), and Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor (The Practice). JBN got the first look into their characters as explained by the actors that played them.

The series is set to premiere on AT&T/DirecTV’s The Audience Network on Wednesday August 9, 2017 8PM ET. Mr. Mercedes is amongst one of many upcoming original programming on the channel.

Visit Mr. Mercedes Official Website HERE!

Interview and footage covered by our very own JBN Journalist, James Vallesteros.

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