To put it mildly, Ray Shoesmith’s (Scott Ryan) life is complicated. Not only is he a professional hitman in high demand, but he’s also responsible for raising his young daughter Brittany (Chika Yasumura), and taking care of his older brother Bruce (Nicholas Cassim), who has motor neuron disease that’s gradually reducing his mobility and coordination. Oh yeah, and let’s not forget about Ally (Brooke Satchwell), Ray’s new girlfriend who has no idea what he really does for a living. But apart from the dead bodies and sudden bursts of anger, Ray’s a decent guy.If this is your first time hearing about Mr Inbetween, its closest analog might be HBO’s Barry, which also features a hitman on a quest of self-discovery – albeit with far less swagger than Ray. IGN caught up with series creator Scott Ryan and director Nash Edgerton via email to discuss what we can expect to see in Season 2, and the art of creating a relatable killer on television.
“Because most people can’t relate to the work side of Ray, it’s important to show the personal side of his life,” Ryan told IGN. “His interactions with his friends, partner and family are relatable because we have our own personal experiences in these areas. I think dialogue is very important too. If a character doesn’t speak in a way that’s authentic, then they become very hard to relate to.”
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One of the mysteries surrounding Ray’s character in Season 1 is what happened in his past, which we learn almost nothing about. While Ryan declined to give details about what we might see in Season 2, he did promise that “we learn a little about Ray’s past and what made him the man he is today.”
Behind the scenes, series director and long-time stuntman Nash Edgerton refers to the show’s unique visual style as “honest realism,” which is accomplished via the use of hand-held cameras that give the series “a pseudo-documentary feel.” Edgerton has a prolific stunt resume including The Equalizer, Matrix Revolutions, and Superman Returns. Most notably, the Australian-born filmmaker was Ewan Mcgregor’s stunt double for his role as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels.
Edgerton went on to say that his passion for directing started when he began shooting action sequences for his stunt showreel and filming acting reels for his brother, actor Joel Edgerton (The Gift, The Great Gatsby). And while Mr Inbetween’s first season featured some thrilling action sequences, Edgerton says we’ll see more of it in Season 2. “My stunt background definitely helps in terms of working out how to execute the action to feel authentic to the drama,” he explained.
Mr Inbetween Season 2 premieres on FX on Thursday, September 12.
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