– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s not every day that an actor can literally play the same character for two completely unrelated projects. Oftentimes, when we’ve seen this in the past, the characters were at least linked by common source material, but in the case of Damon Herriman, the only real link between them was his portrayal of the same cult leader, Charles Manson.

If you didn’t know, he not only played Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s ninth feature, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but he also played up in Season 2 of David Finch’s Mindhunter. But how exactly did he lock down the role for two separate projects? Apparently, they were completely unrelated, as Herriman said to EW.

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“Two friends I had that were working on that film already put in a word for me. It was a completely separate situation. People assumed that one job led to the other, but absolutely not all. Nicholas Hammond who plays Sam Wanamaker, the director in OUATH, I know him from Australia because he lives here now and Timothy Olyphant, who I worked with in Justified, they had thrown my name about to each other because they both knew me when they were talking about who should be going for Manson. And then Tim spoke to Quentin because he knew that Quentin had been a fan of Justified, which I did for many years. So, once he made that connection, the audition came through from that. I was already doing [Mindhunter]. I had mixed feelings about it because I can’t say no to auditioning for Quentin Tarantino, but I also know that it’s highly unlikely that he’s gonna cast the same guy who’s already playing this character. As it turns out, he didn’t mind.”

And while it does seem like there would be some sort of correlation in the performance of the same character, as we previously reported, that also isn’t the case, as the Manson in Mindhunter is a broken man, whereas in Hollywood, he’s a great deal more cheery.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.