Listen: John Mehan, Eric Bana, Alex Cunningham discussed on Dirty John
"From the LA times. And wondering I'm Chris offered. And this is a special episode of thirty John. On the morning. I'm supposed to interview Eric Bana who plays John Mehan and the new Bravo series and tried to distract myself with the newspaper, crossword puzzle. It so happens that sixty five across is a four letter word with the clue Vana of hulk. This is a reference to ban is role in an lease brooding Accenture two thousand three film about the marvel character Anna told me that people rarely ask him about that movie. If he's in an airport for some reason people ask about Black Hawk Down women will often ask about the time. Traveler's wife, sometimes it's Munich in which he plays a massad agent ban. His breakout role was in the Australian crime drama chopper in two thousand he played chopper. Read a homicidal real life. Gangster who manages to be funny and terrifying all at once. It was one of the roles on the mine of Alex Cunningham, the lead writer and executive producer of dirty, John when she suggested Bana for the Mehan role. I think ciampa was far more. Methodical and made a lot more sense to meet than John letting John's much scarier mascara think he's very Radic. And I think radicchio the scariest behavior in someone. But we absolutely felt that if we'd opportunity to get Erik batte we wanted to go get him. This is Richard suckle who is an executive producer of the show suckle has produced films, like American hustle and wonder woman, and the TV show twelve monkeys, but this is first foray into limited series television. He tells me about meeting Bana in March of this year suckle and show runner. Alex Cunningham went to have drinks with Bana who is in town promoting film. We went over to an had drinks with him at the Lerma Taj hotel on Burton way in Beverly Hills. Really he was interested in knowing exactly the way in which Alex was going to tell the series. You know, what she going to tell it in a linear fashion from beginning. Middle to end, how close was she going to stick to your podcast and the way you structure, the pod. Cast with the opening of the reveal that somebody's dead, but you don't know who's dead within days ban ahead committed even before the pilot script had been written. I worry that whoever ended up playing John Mehan would insist on softening him and try to make him redeemable and what TV executives like to call relatable. I thought the chances of this happening increased with the size of the star in the case of Bana. This worry proved to be unfounded. I asked on what he thought John me he told himself when he looked in the mirror. What explication he gave himself for his behavior which was at times, not just monstrous, but illogical and self defeating because I came to the conclusion that John didn't really know what he was doing. And once I came to that general conclusion things became a lot of as yet because I think it's human nightshift or us to try and come up with these perfect dances that explain people sign people are in therapy all locked and still work themselves out. So why the hell? Would I expect in the third person fourth second to come up with a version of John million that make sense when he himself wouldn't have nine what the hell he was doing? Or who he was a why he was that why this view of me Han extended to the question of whether he loved Deborah Newell. The one thing I felt as off as the fans is by really felt that Joan probably didn't really know himself, and once time to that thought that might things because I think people can go through the motions in a relationship, especially you know, social has a very adept at depth, as you know, you know, behavior that these the hybrid, I think they should be adapting to get what they NATO to appear normal while the paper and Saiful for years ban was best known in."