Director: Daniel Minahan, Ryan Murphy
Starring: David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Laura Harrier, Joe Mantello, Dylan McDermott, Jake Picking, Jeremy Pope, Holland Taylor, Samara Weaving, Jim Parsons, and Patti LuPone
“Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.” – Marilyn Monroe
The quote above summarizes almost the entire story which is about dreams and forbidden ideas to say so. It’s a story where you’ll retrieve because it shows how hard is to be somebody, to accomplish your dreams. It’s a pretty good mini-series, although I was reticent at first.
We follow a World War II veteran, Jack Castello, who moves to Hollywood in hopes of becoming an actor. He has a lot of “auditions”, where over 100 people attend. One day he meets a man, who asks him to work for him, saying he’ll win a lot. Jack is convinced after he tries to make a bank loan with his wife. The bank didn’t give him any money because he doesn’t have any stable workplace. The job was pretty simple at first: he worked at a gas station but occasionally he had sex with the customers. And so, he’ll meet influential people, who might help him as an actor. That’s all I’m gonna tell you about the plot.
I love the atmosphere of this mini-series. The music is also an important factor for it. I think the first 2-3 episodes are the worst because there are too many sex scenes. I mean, the rest of the episodes are great, I watched the entire mini-series in one day and you could see the difference. The thing is, they had to make the first episodes like that, to build up the final episodes. So, it’s normal if you won’t like it at first but try to move on because the ending is pretty good. I’d give for the entire production 4/5 and the last 2 episodes 4.5/5.
The actors are very interesting, there are a lot of protagonists. They don’t follow only one character, they try to tell you a different story, which is great. All the actors I wrote above (starring) are great. I have to tell that my favorite one is Dylan McDermott, who plays Ernie West, the owner of the gas station. And, of course, I liked Jack, who is on the screen most of the time. And I have to mention Daren Criss, who played Raymond Ainsley, an ambitious director, who is half-Filipino.
At the end of the day, after you watch the entire mini-series you won’t regret you started it. I mean, that’s how I felt. I was sorry for all the actors who got through something like this. That’s the sad thing, it happened. Not all of it but there is some truth in it. I hope you’ll give it a chance. Stay safe and enjoy it!