HFPA In Conversation: Susanne Bier on Being a Clear and Direct Director
Nicole Kidman hired the Danish filmmaker and Golden Globe winner Susanne Bier to direct HBO’s six-part limited series The Undoing. “I read the first version of the first episode that David E. Kelley had written and I really liked it. And I’ve been wanting to work with Nicole Kidman for a long time and having her as the sort of main character for six hours is a very, very tempting enterprise to venture into,” Bier tol HFPA journalist Tina Jøhnk Christensen.
After Bier took the job, she convinced Hugh Grant to play the role of Kidman’s character’s husband, Jonathan Fraser, a man accused of committing a violent crime. “I have a very definite and very distinct point of view and vision. I’m very clear and direct; this is how I see the show, this is how I see your part, this is what I think it should be and that makes it possible for actors to quite fast figure out whether they agree, whether they think it’s a fun journey to take with me or not. And I think that was the case with Hugh.”
The series is based on the book You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz. “The book is a wonderful book but the series only relates to the first two episodes and then it goes somewhere else. Every single character has secrets and every single one of them is behaving in a different way from what we anticipated and we should have been aware of this. No one is who they are or who they seem to be.”
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