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David Corenswet and his role in Netflix and Ryan Murphy’s ‘Hollywood’

David Corenswet, whether you like it or not, has proven himself to be an upcoming talent with big projects from 2018 to the present. This man’s future is in the palm of his hand. I mean, if you were given the opportunity to study in Juilliard School––nothing’s going to stand in your way. Except maybe Netflix’s Hollywood which has been receiving a lot of criticism ever since its release.

Ryan Murphy’s miniseries is set in the 1940s golden age of moviemaking where war and the industry didn’t mesh well. In the show, we ask how the repressed desires of these hopefuls rule Tinseltown.

David Corenswet plays Jack Castello in the series, a World War II veteran who, just like most of those in the series, dreams of making it to the spotlight.

He shared with Variety how he prepared for the role and said:

“Just watching old movies, basically. The cool thing about the character — the easy thing, the thing that sort of lets you off the hook — is he doesn’t know anything. He’s been in the war. I had, in my time as a student, done a good amount of research about World War II. I talked to my grandfather, who fought in World War II. So I had a good backdrop of the European theater, which was Jack’s only history.”

“I re-watched “Singing in the Rain” and the Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies and the old movie musicals, “Guys and Dolls,” that kind of thing. I watched some of the movies that I had wanted to see that I hadn’t — some classic Brando movies and James Dean movies. I re-watched “A Rebel Without a Cause,” because I was kind of hoping that Jack would be a bad boy in the end. It’s such a strange movie. Elia Kazan was doing interesting stuff with “East of Eden,” another weird one. So it was fun to watch to get to watch those classics and have sort of mixed feelings.”

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