'Crusoe' Star Talks About His Challenging Role
'Crusoe' Star Talks About His Challenging Role
BuddyTV recently previewed the new NBC series, Crusoe, which debuts October 17 at 8pm. Our very own John Kubicek described the show as something that “looks and feels like a movie,” adding that it “has far more in common with HBO's Rome or Showtime's The Tudors than it does with other major network dramas.”  Recently, the star of Crusoe spoke to Deadbolt to share his thoughts on the new series, which exude action scenes such as that of the Pirates of the Carribean.

Philip Winchester, who stars as the titular character, admitted that one of the biggest challenges he had to overcome was “he physical and emotional stamina, because we’ve been [shooting] in such a short amount of time and...there’s been a lot of physical demands on everyone.”

He points out that it was a collaborative effort by everyone to pull of such a production, saying that it was “not just the actors but kind of on the crew, the grips, and the camera team.  So melding those things all together and learning eight or nine pages of dialogue for the following day and knowing that you have to incorporate a sword fight that you learned two hours ago and some other stunts as well, those are the challenges.”

Adding to the difficulty level of the production was the environmental obstacles they had to endure during filming.  The production filmed in South Africa, where “the biggest storm they ever had in a hundred years...destroyed some of our sets and it was kind of apt that here on Crusoe we have an epic storm come through and wipe away some of our beaches and destroy some of our sets.”

Nonetheless, Winchester remained positive that the challenges would bring out the best in everyone.  Additionally, executive producer Jeffrey Hayes reveals that “goes back to the original source material at it’s core.  But we do take a bit of dramatic license in terms of how we approach this character and the way he exists on the island with his partner, Friday.  It’s definitely grounded in the book. B ut after that we kind of bring it into a more contemporary tone as far as a period drama is concerned. It definitely has its foundation in the book.  You know, he did spend a lot of time on the island alone and that wouldn’t make for great drama over the course of thirteen hours probably.”

Catch Crusoe as it debuts on October 17 at 8pm on NBC.

-Valerie Anne del Castillo, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: Deadbolt
(Photo courtesy of NBC)