Listen: Eric Bana, Jeff Reiner, John discussed on Dirty John
"Director Jeff Reiner says that when he first met Alex Cunningham conversation focused on the series point of view, and how to transcend the conventions of straight thriller. The normal approach to this material would be thriller where women's looking over his shoulder. And that's not something that outs interested in. We're interested in kind of deconstructing and tone from different points of view, the most striking shift in front of you comes in episode seven, which is told from John man's perspective. Here's Eric Bana. Who plays me hand describing it. We get to see what he was doing for an hour before mating. Deborah on that I that we enjoyed an episode one. We get to see what he was doing just before stealing the drugs that he was ministering to a patient. We get to see how many women he was coaling before he called Deborah the first time on that. You know? So it was a pretty rocus forty idea for an episode that you know, we tried to have some fun with as well. And we realize that for those people. Blue. Embrace the dock Huma that there was a lot in seven. He's he's of a in the middle of the desert being rejected by the women and packing flagger into his pocket and doing drugs, and it's just and we seem lying we say on the fun long to papal one of the things I loved about Savin was Joan being on his I this. And I was one of the things that fascinated me about these. Character was. Which you know, we you allude to a little bit. When you play the the audio from the weddings that he had no Frayn's which really fascinating because some people climb to be lawn bowls climb to be alone as and stuff, but Jones was true Lona in amongst PayPal Reiner. The director told me spent a lot of time thinking about Travis Bickel, the violent loaner from Scorsese's taxi driver Reiner is also a fan of the director Billy wilder and the darkly comic tone. He brought the classic Noir films, like Sunset Boulevard and double indemnity. So totally I had to make sure that there was a sense of humor, which quite alsi. I got from you from your from your the the tone in which you read it. I don't know if it was purposeful or not. But I always felt like there was this slight ironic kind of take the material the real life. John me Han was a conman and a sadist who. Hurt more people than we'll probably ever know a creature of malevolent, so pure, it's hard to think of analogs in my long experience of writing about very bad people, but nobody on the dirty John series thought it would be interesting to portray him as glowering paper machine villain. So he had to be charming in the Ed to be funny in the ETA be even in his evil had to be somewhat funny. Yeah. There is his character. Who might think he's in a Scorsese movie or he might think he's an ultimate villain. And so that will dictate what he says. And what he does, you know, there's a scene where he goes to meet Toby to door and Toby calls him out for being a liar. And I don't have to take four told Eric to eat a sandwich while while he's doing it. So there was this kind of cavalier attitude, you know, when he's telling him, he's kind of tell him all this dark stuff, you know, he's chomping on a sandwich. So to me it just gave. The character like that scene Cillian nonchalance to like his evilness, which makes it even more evil. And but it does make it somewhat darkly funny. So it also he's he's a predator having a meal. Yeah. Well, I never thought of that fanatically. But you're right. I mean, let us film school students or rent that they might get as a. You can catch the premiere of thirty John on Bravo at ten pm on Sunday, November twenty fifth its production of universal cable productions and LA times studios. This is the last of three special episodes about it's making. And here's a reminder that before it was a TV show. It was a work of journalism. You can find the original LA time series, plus fourteen other pieces of narrative journalism in my new collection. It's called dirty John and other true stories of outlaws and outsiders by Christopher Gothard published. I Simon and Schuster."