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Eric Dane on How His ‘Euphoria’ Function as a Poisonous Dad ‘Terrified’ Him – in a Good Method

Eric Dane on How His ‘Euphoria’ Function as a Poisonous Dad ‘Terrified’ Him – in a Good Method

This story about Eric Dane and “Euphoria” first appeared within the Comedy & Drama Series issue of TheWrap’s awards journal.

Eric Dane is petrified of his “Euphoria” character Cal Jacobs. That’s why he needed the function within the first place.

“I’m in search of one thing that scares the s— out of me,” Dane stated. “I’m in search of one thing that I feel is an enormous mountain to climb. I need to be Sisyphus pushing a rock uphill. And that enables me to remain engaged and impressed.”

In Season 1 of the HBO collection, Cal is launched as a villain of types, after he movies his sexual encounter with Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer), the transgender classmate of his son Nate (Jacob Elordi), with out her consent. As soon as Nate finds out about his father’s transgressions, the present explores simply how a lot trauma Cal has inflicted on his household. “Terrifying, like a David Fincher film,” Dane stated of the Season 1 character, who was each calculated and unpredictable. 

However whereas Dane performs a comparatively restrained model of Cal within the first season, that composure fully unravels in Season 2 as imagined by collection creator and lead director Sam Levinson. The primary 4 episodes observe Cal as he spirals towards a psychological breakdown that culminates in a confrontation along with his spouse and youngsters within the lobby of their house in a scene that’s each perverse and heartbreaking. It required Dane to throw the Season 1 model of Cal out the window.

“It was type of wild,” Dane stated. “It required plenty of preparation. I’ve a very stellar forged and Sam is a very nice director and likewise tremendous supportive. And with that security internet in place, that allowed me to take sure dangers and really feel, not essentially comfy with the vulnerability, however it allowed me to remain susceptible all through that scene.”

By the finale, Cal is sort of a distinct individual. He’s come to phrases with how he ruined his household, and he desires a relationship along with his sons although he is aware of he would possibly by no means have one. He turns into somebody who different characters and the viewers each dislike and really feel sorry for. 

Dane stated carrying the tortured father by such an advanced two-season arc took a big quantity of nuance. “It’s a fragile dance,” he stated. “There are particular instances the place it’s important to be OK with being dangerous [for] the moments you get to engender some type of empathy for this man and inject some sincerity into the efficiency and make him human. I feel my purpose is for absolute sincerity with the strains I’m delivering and the sentiments I’m making an attempt to convey, as a result of that enables the reality of the scene to exist. All I need to do is make him human and relatable on some stage.”

Dane, whose finest identified for his seven seasons as Mark Sloan on “Gray’s Anatomy” a decade in the past, stated he discovered himself in a job that’s the polar reverse — a shift that was intentional and, he argued, a dream for any actor.

“I needed to do one thing completely different, and I do know it’s apparent, however on the finish of the day, I’m an actor, and that’s what we do,” he stated. “We inhabit completely different roles. When you’re fortunate sufficient, you get a job like Cal Jacobs. And in that regard, for those who’re fortunate sufficient, you get a job like Mark Sloan. And hopefully the identical individual will get to have these roles as a way to present some vary as an artist. You by no means need to be caught in a typecast kind of scenario. I felt like that’s the place I used to be heading, and I assumed that there was a lot extra that I may do.” 

Learn extra from the Comedy & Drama Series issue right here.

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