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According to his own confession, Liev Schreiber I didn’t particularly want to go back to work. He’s been on the Showtime series Ray Donovan for eight years and said he “really enjoyed” being home with his kids in his off hours. But when he was sent a script for his Geographic eight-part limited series, Little Light, shortly before making a second visit to Ukraine to support the war against Russia, he said no. I realized that I couldn’t say “It seemed like the right story at the right time,” emphasizes the nine-time Emmy nominee. “There we sit on the couch, watch the war unfold in Ukraine, get on the bus, say goodbye to our children, and the ordinary men we may never see again: parents, teachers, painters, graphic designers. I was looking at the artist and it just struck me, ‘Why would the same thing happen again in our time?’ ’ And when I read this script, I thought, yeah, this is what we should be now. ” Watch our exclusive video interview above.
“Little Light” continues the next amazing story. Miep GeeseThe Dutch woman who risked her life to protect anne frank Her Jewish relatives fled the Nazis for over two years in the early 1940s.Schreiber plays Anne’s father Otto Frank, the only member of the Frank family to survive the war. He didn’t know much about Otto until he signed up for the project. “I was particularly interested in what Otto didn’t want in the[Anne’s famous]diary in the first publication, because it was about finding a new way to tell this story we all know.” And I thought it would become clear,” he says. . What did Otto not want to publish?”About how difficult his relationship with his wife was during the time they were confined together, and how Anne wrote about marital quarrels during that period.” ‘, he replied. “It must have been very difficult.”
Schreiber also learned in his research that Otto was German and how much he enjoyed being German. “Because he wasn’t particularly religious and didn’t identify himself as Jewish, it was very difficult for him to accept the anti-Semitic and Jewish role. It was not part of his identity, which was especially tragic because he, like everyone else, had no choice in this matter. ”
Guise’s heroism, which sees herself as an ordinary woman who performs the ordinary act of sheltering the Franks, particularly resonates with Schreiber. “She was a wonderful person and a great example of our ability to say yes to each other, to help each other, to be good neighbors and good people,” he says. He believes the series is doing so well mainly because: Bell Pawries Geese’s portrayal is very moving and powerful. “I completely underestimated Bell’s ability to carry things,” he admits. “She’s a great actress who explores the character in a modern way. I just loved her from the beginning. Also, (the director) Susanna (Vogel) and (producer) Tony (Phelan) and Joanne (rater) You did a great job of making the story sexy and current.
“I was struck by how[the filmmakers]found ways to make the humanity of their characters into the central narrative with the Holocaust as an interruption. War is about interrupting life, and that’s what we’ve shown[in this series]and there’s something really interesting about the story of leading life instead of leading war. Schreiber also notes disturbing parallels between the story told in A Little Light and what’s happening in the world in 2023. “We are witnessing a level of anti-Semitism, bigotry, hatred and fascism,” he believes. “It’s important to remind those doing or receiving it that it doesn’t work for everyone.”
All eight parts of “A Small Light” are available to watch on Nat Geo and stream on Disney+ and Hulu.
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