Manhattan (TV Show)
Role: Paul Crosley
Release date: Sundays at 10/9c on WGN America
Status: Currently filming
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Harry Lloyd in Manhattan 1x01: You Always Hurt the Ones You Love
You might not recognize Harry Lloyd when you see him on his new show, Manhattan, a World War II–set drama about the Manhattan Project premiering this Sunday on WGN America. Free of the blond locks he sported as Daenerys Targaryen’s brother Viserys in the first season of Game of Thrones, Lloyd shifts from playing the so-called beggar king to Paul Crosley, one of the scientists working under top-secret conditions to develop nuclear weapons. While in New Mexico (which is both where Manhattan is shot and where it takes place), Lloyd recently snuck in a visit with noted Santa Fe resident George R.R. Martin (“Just breakfast, no drinks!”), so he was in full GoT nostalgia mode when Vulture caught up with him recently to discuss his new show, epic Targaryen hair, and how Viserys would fare in Los Alamos. [Note: Game of Thrones spoilers to follow.]
Outside of Robert Oppenheimer, most of the characters in Manhattan are fictitious. Does that make your job easier? Or more difficult?
The interesting thing is, when you play a real-life character or someone based in a book, you always come up against people’s preconceptions of what they have in their heads. So it’s nice here that people will be looking at what you’re doing versus how you’re doing it. When you play Denis Thatcher [his role in The Iron Lady] or Viserys, people are like, “Oh, yeah, I knew you were going to have to do that scene,” and then they’re looking at your choices. But with Paul, I think they’ll be more surprised at which direction the character goes. I think that’s the same for a lot of the characters in Manhattan — where they start off and where they finish, you really don’t know where it’s going. I remember getting the scripts and assuming this next episode was going to deal with this, and it never did. The premise, this strange world with its secrets, and [where] the stakes are so high, there are so many different stories to tell. You really don’t know where it’s going to end up, other than that the bomb will get dropped in August 1945. But within that, we need to be kept on our toes.
Manhattan premieres Sunday, July 27 at 9 p.m. ET on WGN America.
As far as I’m aware, the entire film (if not at least the vast majority of it) was filmed in Bucharest.
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 to 14, 2014. [Source]
WGN America will debut its second original scripted series, “Manhattan,” on July 27. In preparation for the 1940s period drama, which surrounds the scientists tasked with developing the atomic bomb in New Mexico — and their in-the-dark families — Zap2it caught up with the cast for a Q&A about their new show. Up next is Harry Lloyd, who plays British physicist Paul Crosley, a member of the team working to develop the atomic bomb.
Zap2it: Which is more challenging: ’40s fashion or nuclear physics?
Lloyd: Both very simple for me — I just have to wear them both and look like I own them.
What did you actually know about The Manhattan Project before you auditioned for the role?
Pretty much zero. Don’t think I even knew the bomb was built here in the desert…
If you could hang out with a real Manhattan Project scientist, who would you pick?
Hmm… Oppenheimer for a martini, a hike with Feynman, some work with Ulam.
Marry/kiss/kick to the curb: Einstein, Oppenheimer, Fermi.
You have to marry Einstein. And I had a martini with Oppie, so kick him and kiss Enrico. He’s Italian, after all.
What are your favorite and least favorite things about working on a period piece?
Favourite is the research — you can build this world before you step into it. Least favourite — sticky hair.
What’s one thing about this time in history — or The Manhattan Project, specifically — that you didn’t know before you started working on the show?
EVERYTHING! Most fascinating fact for me is that they discovered nuclear fission, and therefore the very real possibility of a bomb, in 1939, as war broke out across Europe.