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First Look: Andrew Scott Is a Loopy-Attractive Scammer in ‘Ripley’

“I really feel such as you’re required to like and advocate to your characters, and your job is to go, Why? What’s that? You don’t play the opinions, the earlier attitudes that individuals might need about Tom Ripley,” Scott tells VF. “It’s a must to throw all these out, strive to not hearken to them, and go, Okay, properly, I’ve to have the braveness to create our personal model and my very own understanding of the character.”

Zaillian, who writes, directs, and produces each episode, says that letting Ripley’s fraudulence play out over a number of installments, quite than in a single function movie, “allowed me to be extra devoted to the story, tone, and subtleties of Highsmith’s work.” He provides, “[I] tried to strategy my adaptation in a method I imagined she would possibly herself.”

The selection to inform his model in lush black and white was additionally impressed by Zaillian’s personal copy of the supply materials. “The version of the Ripley e-book I had on my desk had an evocative black-and-white {photograph} on the duvet,” he says. “As I used to be writing, I held that picture in my thoughts. Black and white matches this story—and it’s beautiful.”

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