A potent tale of generational trauma, loss, immigration, hope and reconciliation, HBO’s I Know This A lot Is True is a dual-role tour de pressure from Mark Ruffalo. And the Emmy-nominated actor is unequivocal on what it meant to him professionally and personally.
“It was the most gratifying and challenging thing I’ve ever done,” the Avengers alum mentioned throughout a panel for Deadline’s Contenders Tv: The Nominees in regards to the middle-aged twin brothers he portrayed within the six-episode restricted sequence.
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The acclaimed efficiency by Ruffalo sees the actor up for Excellent Lead Actor in a Restricted Collection or Film heading in direction of the September 20 Emmy Awards ceremony on ABC.
Primarily based on Wally Lamb’s 1998 novel of the identical title, the early 1990s-set I Know This A lot Is True delves into the shut and fractured relationship between the charismatic but rage-filled Dominick Birdsey and his paranoid schizophrenic twin Thomas. In a exceptional bodily and psychological transformation, Ruffalo navigates the roles of each the Italian-American brothers seamlessly.
“We didn’t want it to be a visual trick,” director Derek Cianfrance mentioned of the choice to steer clear of VFX on the status premium cabler’s providing.
“I find often times when I see twins, one actor playing two characters on the screen, I’m always looking for the seam,” the Blue Valentine helmer admitted. “What I’m more invested in is performance and people and characters … Mark and I talked very early on about incorporating a process where he would be able to become two separate people,” utilizing an analog strategy versus digital options for the twins.
In addition to directing the entire triumph- and tragedy-filled I Know This A lot Is True, Cianfrance additionally penned or co-wrote the entire sequence, which ran this 12 months from Could 10-June 14 and featured a forged together with Melissa Leo, Kathryn Hahn, Rosie O’Donnell, Imogen Poots and Juliette Lewis.
For Ruffalo, the dedication and transformation paid off – philosophically in addition to within the efficiency on the display.
“I learned a long time ago that we don’t have any control over what happens to something once it comes out into the world,” the actor mentioned. “What we have control over is how we do it, the grace that we do it with, the love that we do it with and the quality of the experience. And for that, I would say, it was beyond my wildest dreams of success.”
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