Michael Douglas explains why he ditched prosthetics to play Benjamin Franklin (Exclusive)

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Michael Douglas explains why he ditched prosthetics to play Benjamin Franklin (Exclusive)

michael douglas Says he has his work cut out for him to become Benjamin Franklin for his new Apple TV+ series.

Speaking to ET’s Cassie DiLaura ahead of her show’s release, franklinThe 79-year-old actor said that when it came to playing the Francophile founding father, he decided the best way to make the transition would be to keep it simple and let the acting do its thing.

“In physical terms, we did, I saw that picture [on a $100 bill] And we said, ‘Okay, let’s try it with tools and a complete, complete function.’ But, it was kind of – the productive half of my career was over and I started figuring out, ‘Okay, let’s see, the hotel is 45 minutes from the studio. “The back would take two, two-and-a-half hours of makeup,” Douglas said. “I hate those situations.”

The show was shot in Paris, France for eight months and, given the intense shooting schedule for fatal Attraction Starr and her castmates, the producing team – including Douglas serving as executive producer – ultimately decided that a younger look for the titular character would be better for everyone.

Michael Douglas plays Benjamin Franklin in Apple TV+’s new series ‘Franklin’. Falling on 12th April – apple tv+

Douglas told ET that he believes the decision not to delve too deeply into the world of prosthetics and film makeup “feels great” and that he believes the cast and crew still did the same. Have done what they were setting out to do. He also says that there was one particular aspect of real-life diplomacy that he took incredibly seriously.

The actor said, “I grew my own hair, but just to enhance it. I had a half wig.” franklin The end result was pure positivity as it brought her back to her younger – and more entertaining – days.

“But at the end of the day it was kind of fun, yeah, I was flowing… I was a hippie in the second generation, so [it] “I was kind of brought back to my roots,” he said with a laugh.

Michael Douglas in a scene from ‘Franklin’ Apple

Douglas was joined in the interview by his co-star Noah Jupe, who plays Franklin’s grandson, William Temple Franklin. In the show and in real life, Jupe’s character traveled to France with his grandfather to ask for help from the French in the Revolutionary War.

For his part, the 19-year-old British actor – best known for his role as John Krasinski a quiet place Movies – That said, in addition to working with Douglas and portraying the young Franklin, who would become a diplomat in his own right, the show was an opportunity to sink his teeth into a period piece of epic proportions.

“I probably had the most fun out of any costume… I think I got to have a wide range of different styles, you know, I got to wear wigs and then I got to be in an American environment,” she told ET. ” , “I remember like every day, one of the most exciting parts was walking into my trailer and getting to see what I was wearing that day.”

Douglas agreed, telling ET that it was fun to see what Jupe was wearing when he arrived on set.

Michael Douglas and Noah Jupe in Apple TV+’s ‘Franklin’ Apple

As for Douglas – who admits that he is not as good at pronunciation and language as his wife, Catherine Zeta Jones – To tackle the voice of Franklin, the actor tells ET he focused on tone, pace, and depth to pull it off.

“I mainly slowed down talking and started speaking more clearly,” he shared. “I mean, I’m not good at accents – Catherine, my wife, is Welsh and they’re very good – she’s very good at all the different languages.” chicago The 54-year-old actress speaks both English and Welsh fluently.

Douglas and Zeta-Jones married in 2000 and have two children, Carys Zeta Douglas and Dylan Michael Douglas.

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones – Frederick J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

According to Apple TV, the show – an eight-episode series – is an adaptation of the Kirk Ellis A Great Reformation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America. The story focuses specifically on 70-year-old Benjamin Franklin as he worked to secure funding to help the United States gain its independence from the British.

In a trailer released last month by the streaming service, Douglas is seen working to move the needle on behalf of France to help the US regain its sovereignty.

“Without your help,” he says sternly in the clip, “the United States will be over before it even begins.”

franklin It also stars Marc Duret, Ludivine Sagnier, Thibault de Montalembert, Daniel Mace, Assad Boub, Eddie Marsan, Jean Balibar, Théodore Pellerin and John Hollingsworth. Behind the camera, the show’s creators are Kirk Ellis and Howard Corder, known for john adams And Boardwalk Empire Respectively. is on top lord of air And the Sopranos Director Tim Van Patten.

Watch the trailer of the limited series below:

The first three episodes of franklin Releases on Apple TV+ on April 12. Subsequent episodes will air weekly on Fridays.

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