Backstage With … the stars and creator of Dopesick – a show about the opioid crisis in the United States | Ents & Arts News | Local News

Backstage With … the stars and creator of Dopesick – a show about the opioid crisis in the United States | Ents & Arts News

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The story of a family behind a pharmaceutical group that developed a drug that ultimately led to the opioid crisis that ravaged the United States could almost be dismissed as too unbelievable as the basis for a show.

But as is often the case, life can be stranger than fiction, and the new drama Dopesick examines how the Sackler family – who have denied wrongdoing – and their drug OxyContin – impacted an entire country. .

Kaitlyn Dever, who plays a young underage who becomes addicted to painkillers after injuring her back, said Sky News’ Backstage podcast was an opportunity to raise awareness of what happened.

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“I think of the people who deal with drug addiction themselves and the people who know all about the Sackler family and desperately want this story plastered all over the place and people to really know the truth,” she said.

“And I think of the people who have lost loved ones to an overdose, and I’m so happy to be a part of something that might make someone feel seen and heard – that was the right thing. more important to me.

“It feels like it’s really, really, really a big deal, and it is.”

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The actress, known for starring in the coming-of-age film Booksmart and for her nominated performance in the real-life crime miniseries Unbelievable, says her role in Dopesick was one of the most difficult she ever did. ever had – and yet it ended up disappearing. .

“Every aspect was difficult, I think every day was really different, but I just felt like I had to do whatever I could to play this role well,” said Dever.

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Kaitlyn Dever plays a miner who becomes addicted to opioids in Dopesick

“I did a lot of research and really tried to devote myself to this role, and I kind of ended up forgetting how I felt some days to the point where I just didn’t know, I really forgot how I felt.

“It just happened, and I think it’s because I cared so much about this character, and I knew what she stood for was extremely important.”

Dever’s co-stars on the show include Michael Keaton, Rosario Dawson, and Will Poulter – who plays a salesperson for the Sackler Purdue family pharmaceutical company.

He told Backstage that he also finds the role difficult due to the reality the series is based on.

“I’m also very grateful to a lot of our cast and crew members in Virginia who I think were more likely to have been somehow directly or indirectly affected by the crisis,” he said.

“And I think they went to work every day and engaged in this story, in many cases took a lot of courage which was very inspiring.”

Poulter spends some of his scenes chatting with the character of Keaton – a doctor who prescribes the drug to his patients after being told that it is not addictive.

The British actor said it was a dream come true to work with Keaton, saying: “I think he’s just phenomenal, it can’t be overstated how good he is, [being] face to face in reality and acting in front of him was wild.

Michael Keaton in Dopesick
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Michael Keaton returns to the small screen in Dopesick

“I really had a ton of pinch moments, especially because we got to enjoy so many long scenes of uninterrupted conversation with each other.

“For a young actor like me, working in front of someone like that is kind of what dreams are made of.”

It marks a return to the small screen for Keaton, who hasn’t had a recurring role on television since 2007.

Dopesick creator Danny Strong said he appeared on the show because, like so many Americans, the Birdman star has been personally affected by the opioid crisis.

“He has publicly stated that his nephew died of an overdose, so he was very passionate about the subject,” Strong said.

“And he also said he loved the script and was thrilled to be a part of the project – we didn’t think we could have it, especially where he hasn’t done TV for many years, and it was an ensemble, it wasn’t even a lead role, although probably the main character, but nonetheless, not a lead role.

“But there you go, he’s a real artist and a real storyteller, and he just wanted to be a part of it.”

Rosario Dawson in Dopesick
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Rosario Dawson in Dopesick

Strong, whose previous writing credits include the last two Hunger Games films and the Empire TV series, says bringing Sackler’s story to the screen meant taking an artistic license – but unusually, that meant toning down the drama instead. than to create it.

“There were even scenes that we shot that were true, that happened within the Sackler family, that were so broad that the studio said, ‘Hey, can you tame that, that sounds wrong.’ “

“And I said ‘But it really happened’, and they said ‘Well, maybe it really happened, but it’s too big’ and I didn’t disagree with them, I was actually worried about this myself that it might sound too broad.

“So yes, this story goes to places that are beyond believable, but in fact, it really happened.”

The Sackler family has agreed to pay $ 4.3 billion (£ 3.2 billion) in a settlement that requires them to relinquish ownership of Purdue Pharma, the maker of pain relievers OxyContin – a deal which is expected to resolve thousands of lawsuits and protect them from future claims..

Dopesick is now available on Disney Plus. Hear our review in the latest episode of Backstage – Sky News’ film and television podcast.

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