LOS ANGELES (AP) – Known for her intelligent, quick delivery, Natasha Lyonne’s latest role on the Peacock series “Poker Face” gives her the opportunity to play a character with a personality trait she’s never played before. People like Leone’s character Charlie.
Charlie still has zingers, but Leone says the character is partially inspired by Jeff Bridges’ famous character The Dude in “The Big Lebowski.”
She is a “slightly withdrawn woman with a sunbeam on her face,” Lyon said, adding, “I’m generally a city slicker and someone who avoids getting hit by taxis and the subway.” I run away.
Creator Rian Johnson says, “Charlie is very open. He’s very sunny. It kind of blew Natasha’s mind. She’s like, ‘Oh, that would be a new thing for me to play. I like people. ‘ The natural kind of acidity and sharpness of Natasha’s personality, combined with a character who has a really sunny outlook… I think it’s super watchable.
“Poker Face” is a mystery series, so it fits into Johnson’s wheelhouse as director, writer of “Knives Out” and “Glass Onion.”
Charlie has a keen ability to automatically know when someone is lying. After the events of the first episode send her on the run from a mafia boss and his enforcer – played by Benjamin Bratt – she gets in her car to drive… away from trouble. In each stand-alone episode, Charlie encounters new people, a murder and, of course, lies that lead him to find out what happened.
Johnson describes it as inappropriate and uncharacteristically a procedural.
“We follow the same format with every single episode. We show the murder, then we flashback and see where Charlie was during the murder. We catch the murder and then she solves it. Maintaining that procedural continuity was a big, big deal for me because when I tune in to TV, part of what I love is hanging out with the same friends over and over again. It’s a comforting pattern of getting a new thrill from something I know what to expect every single week. There’s so much joy in it… I totally embrace it.”
As Charlie faces a new mystery each week, the 10-episode first season features a revolving door of notable guest stars, including Lil Ray Henry, Tim Meadows, Luis Guzmán, Chloë Sevigny and even Nick Nolte – who appears in an episode of Leone. directed, which he described as a “sensational” experience.
Strong recommendation for literally everyone. Now, granted, it can get chaotic because Nick prefers someone who is very serious, but yeah, I would say I recommend it to all amateurs. “
Lyon describes acting in contrast to so many guest stars who are mostly great and baffled by those who were perhaps more challenging.
“Sometimes someone comes in and it’s a really great joy. It’s like making music with this really brilliant musician that you didn’t know was going to play so well with. Other times it happens. is, ‘Oh, wow, so this guy doesn’t remember his lines. Well, it’s going to be a long, long day.’ It’s kind of a mixed bag sometimes. I would say the ability of the people that we were able to put together is definitely like 99% is really, really awesome. There were some that were like, ‘ It is sticky business. Never know you. Never know you.”
Another reason Charlie is able to take on something that seems insurmountable is because she pays attention to the people around her and likes the underdogs who get overlooked or rejected by others.
Johnson said, “Charlie always empathizes with the little boy who is very similar to Columbo in a way.”
This is a trait Leon is also drawn to, both personally and professionally. He has a production company “Animal Pictures” with Maya Rudolph, which co-produces “Poker Face” along with Rudolph’s Apple TV+ comedy, “Booty”. It was also behind Leone’s popular series “Russian Doll” on Netflix. Leone says she’s drawn to creative people including friends Jenji Kohan (who created “Orange is the New Black”), Amy Poehler, Clea Duvall and Jenika Bravo, and delights in creating content for “misfits and outsiders”. Is.
“We go on a trip together. You’re communicating with the weird kids in the back of the classroom because you know they see stuff too.