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Harry Treadaway on the Chilling Parallels Between ‘Mr. Mercedes’ and Reality (Exclusive)

Harry Treadaway on the Chilling Parallels Between ‘Mr. Mercedes’ and Reality (Exclusive)

On executive producers Jack Bender and David E. Kelley’s chilling of Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes, plays the titular serial killer, Brady Hartsfield. Over the course of the first nine episodes, audiences have witnessed just how tormented and demented of a psychopath Hartsfield is as he’s killed innocent people and continuously terrorized Det. Bill Hodges (Brendan Gleeson), who retired after being unable to solve a massacre, when 16 people were killed by a Mercedes.

A fan of King's novel, which is the first of a crime noir trilogy following Det. Hodges, Treadaway tells Et ahead of the season one finale that the reality these fictional characters lived in was so relatable, but portraying Hartsfield proved to be a challenge. To internalize the character’s past tragedies and voyeuristic approach to killing, the actor cleared out his local bookstore of texts on psychopaths and serial killers, getting a few strange looks at the checkout counter.

“Lots of really

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