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Coverage: Third Round of His Dark Materials Season 2 Junket Press

[ Written on December 30 2020 by Francesca ]

After the last episode of the second season aired on HBO, some interviews given by Lin-Manuel Miranda where published online by several sites, such as Entertainment Weekly, Variety, Slate and Gizmodo
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WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: At the risk of ticking off fans of another popular fantasy series, it seems your watch has ended.

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA: Haha! Yes. Hodor. Please. Hodor.

What was your reaction when you found out that Lee would be going out in this blaze of glory? And then what was it like acting it out?

Well, my first reaction was back in 2005 when I read the books. I had that in the back of my mind when I said yes to the gig. I’m gonna have to do one of the most heartbreaking deaths in literature, or at least in the literature that I’ve read. So, I think a part of me has been preparing since I signed on for the gig. One of the things that’s so affecting about it and the genius of Philip Pullman is every death in this story is two deaths. We haven’t just gotten to know Lee, we’ve gotten to know Hester and their relationship. I think that’s the extra twist that you never see coming. It’s heartbreaking in the book, and I hope we did it a bit of justice.

I also found something really beautiful about this moment. Everybody in Lyra’s world who has a daemon comes with this blessing that they are not alone in their final moments on earth. I was curious if you had any thoughts on that for Lee.

Pullman wrote a book called Daemon Voices where he wrote a series of essays about his thinking around the series, and the notion of a daemon was a storytelling solution. [People] can monologue about what they’re doing and how they’re feeling if they have someone to talk to. So, why don’t I put their souls outside their body? And it’s so simple and so elegant, but you’re right, it brings this incredible moment of solace in the final moment. I haven’t read The Subtle Knife for many years. I didn’t want to re-read it and get too attached to anything in case our version strayed. But the line that always stayed with me is Lee saying to Hester, “Don’t you go before I do.” That is a beautiful, heartbreaking line.

Read the rest of the Entertainment Weekly interview and the others under the jump.
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Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda in BBC Promos for His Dark Materials Season 2

[ Written on December 30 2020 by Francesca ]

While airing the second season of His Dark Materials, BBC shared some promos including a few with Lin-Manuel Miranda: Two truths and a lie challenge and Andrew Scott and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s balloon bromance.

Check them out below.

 

 

Under the cut there are more video, with some Miranda’s bit here and there.

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Video: Second Round of His Dark Materials Season 2 Junket Press

[ Written on December 04 2020 by Francesca ]

After the first round, we collected some more inteviews, video and written, that Lin-Manuel Miranda gave so far to promote His Dark Materials season two.

Let’s start with ETalk.

Under the cut you can find more from Access, CINEMA-Magazin, Milenio and Observer New Review.

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Video: First Round of His Dark Materials Season 2 Junket Press

[ Written on November 15 2020 by Francesca ]

We collected the inteviews, video and written, that Lin-Manuel Miranda gave so far to promote His Dark Materials season two.

Let’s start with the recap of season one he did for IGN.

Under the cut you can find more from Foxtel, HBO Asia, The Hollywood Reporter, Extra TV, Variety and Entertainment Weekly.

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Interview: Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Telegraph for His Dark Materials

[ Written on October 28 2020 by Francesca ]

On October, 28 The Telegraph released an interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda, in which the artist talks about the TV show His Dark Materials, the criticism Hamilton received and much more.

 

Some highlights from the article.

Last year, he talked about their [his and Vanessa Nadal’s] shared love of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials novels – “We read them together when we were first dating, they were the books we fell in love to.” They were the reason why he couldn’t turn down the opportunity to play the buccaneering, balloon “aëronaut” Lee Scoresby in the BBC’s big-budget adaptation of the trilogy, which returns for a second series on November 8. It fell into “the category of: would I kick myself for ever if I said no? … because my wife and I love those books so much”. So is his Lee Scoresby the way his reading partner imagined him? “No idea,” he laughs. He pitched the idea that Scoresby should sport a “Clark Gable moustache”, he volunteers, although he suggests that he ends up looking more like the celebrated Mexican comedian Cantinflas.

He describes himself as “the token American” in the cast of His Dark Materials. Does he think that the show’s diverse casting has added to the richness of the story? “I think that it is to the benefit of any fantasy world to diversify the cast – you’re telling me we can have orcs and dwarves and daemons, but we can’t have more than one skin hue?” It’s an interesting moment to discuss it because, although the release of the film of his first musical, In the Heights, has been pushed back to next June, the trailer had already been released, and was, as is now customary, greeted by criticism on the outlet for collective hysteria that is social media. The story focuses on Washington Heights, a mostly Latino neighbourhood in New York, close to where Miranda grew up. The criticism focused on a perceived lack of representation of people from an Afro-Dominican background in that area of the city. “I think when people see the movie, they’ll see that we really have done our best to represent everybody, Afro-Latinos included,” he responds.

“I think if I were in love with statues, we wouldn’t have made Hamilton the way we made it,” he says, sounding ever so slightly exasperated by the question. “We were obviously never trying to make idols of these people. The goal was to make them as human and as flawed as possible… If there’s any thesis in the show, it’s that these guys were making it up as they went along… and their foibles and their contradictions make it into the contradictions of our founding. “In terms of criticism, it’s all valid. I don’t believe criticism equals cancellation. I know what didn’t make it into the show, I’m the one who spent six years writing it. That’s part of what comes with taking real life and trying to smoosh it into two and a half hours of musical theatre, there’s always going to be stuff that doesn’t make it in… Everything that’s not in the show is fair game to point out.”

He is a big fan of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter books (which to many are a less cerebral alternative to Pullman’s trilogy). I want to know whether he is conflicted about Rowling’s comments this year about sex and gender. “I am disheartened and saddened by them as a fan,” he says. “And by her continued insistence on pushing this point, when there are so many other things, so many issues. I was very moved by Daniel Radcliffe’s statement in which he says, this does not take away the world you lived in and the experience you’ve had with these books, and I’m trying to hold on to that.”

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