SELINA MCARTHUR & THI THANH TU NGUYEN TEAM UP ON NETFLIX’S ERIC MAR 14 2023 Editor Selina McArthur and Hair & Make Up Artist Thi Tanh Tu Nguyen are working on the Netflix show ERIC, directed by Lucy Forbes. The series is set in 1980’s New York City and follows Vincent, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, a puppeteer on America’s most popular kids TV show. When Vincent’s son, Edgar, goes missing, he sets out to find him, with the help of 7ft tall blue monster, Eric.
Apparently most of the puppeteers hired for the series already left Budapest a pair of weeks ago and, of course, the cinematographer already visited NY to make some testing like a month ago!
EDITED He was in Austria the day before he posted this. I saw the news about the puppeteers on the account of one of them who posts a lot. He said the others would returned home or finished their job in Budapest but that he would stay. He then posted photos of him visiting Germany. Maybe they had their Easter vacation before moving to the USA?
Seeing those dresses, I wonder when exactly the series is set. They look like maybe mid or late 1980s. We know that it’s about the AIDS crisis which began in 1981 but it certainly occupied the whole decade and the early 1990s. There are clearly a few gay characters in the series but considering that at least one summary
(I’m speculating so very probably it’s not a spoiler!) says that Vincent is, at some point, a drug addict, I also wonder if he is directly affected by it. I think the link between drug users and AIDS was also established very early on, tho. It was the issue of blood donation that come later in the decade, right? When it was discovered it wasn’t just gays and drug addicts
Jim Henson which seems to have influenced at least a little the Vincent character become famous since the 1970s but he still had a huge influence during the 1980s. I certainly, remember to have watched his shows and I’m in another country! He was massive in the 1980s. It’s difficult to choose a year based only on him! Lol
Then there is the “mole people”. Another 1980s phenomenon in New York but I think it was more visible in the late years of the decade and early 1990s. But surely there are better informed people than me about the theme!
Maybe I’m wrong but in general, I tend to think that maybe the series is set between 1985-1988. Just a guess, of course! Kinda random years!
An article in Portuguese about Brazilian actor Jose Pimentao casting in the series,
Eric, uma nova minissérie da Netflix, irá contar com José Pimentão (1899) no elenco, anunciou a agência do ator português na sua conta de Instagram.
Eric é um thriller criado por Abi Morgan (The Split), que começa com o desaparecimento de Edgar (Ivan Howe), um menino de 9 anos, numa manhã a caminho de escola, em Manhattan, na década de ’80. Vincent (Benedict Cumberbatch), pai do menino e um dos principais marionetistas de Nova Iorque e criador do programa de televisão infantil Good Day Sunshine, parte numa busca desesperada, tornando-se cada vez mais angustiado e volátil. Sentindo ódio para consigo mesmo e culpando-se pelo desaparecimento de Edgar, arranja consolo no desenho de um monstro azul, Eric, feito pelo filho. Convence-se de que, se conseguir pôr Eric na televisão, Edgar voltará para casa. O comportamento progressivamente destrutivo aliena-o da sua família, dos seus colegas de trabalho e dos polícias que o tentam ajudar, tornando-se Eric o seu único aliado na demanda pela busca do filho.
He was actually the gay lover of the impulsive Spanish guy. Although, those identities were also fake… they were actually video game players or something! I watched it meanwhile I was suffering an undiagnosed appendicitis case so maybe I don’t remember it well! Lol. I really enjoyed Dark, tho. The other series by the same people!