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The Difference Between Charles Manson In Mindhunter And Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

It was pretty damn interesting some several months back when we learned that Australian actor Damon Herriman would be playing the character of Charles Manson in both Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and David Fincher’s Mindhunter. It’s not very often that one man plays the same historical figure in two unconnected projects — let alone in the same year.

However, even though he is playing the same character, there will undoubtedly be some differences between them, as one project (Mindhunter) takes place over a decade after the other (Hollywood). So what are the main differences? Speaking with EW, Herriman outlined the main differences:

“Because one of them is 1969 and one is 1980, that is quite a distinct difference in the way Manson was appearing and behaving and speaking. And also, tonally, Mindhunter and OUATH are quite different. For me, it was fairly evident where the differences lie. The tonal thing you get from the script: Mindhunter was very much a drama, OUATH obviously has that Tarantino tone. And we did shoot a little more than what’s in the film. He did cut quite a lot out of the film. The stuff I got to do in that was lighter and more of a fun tone, whereas in Mindhunter, Manson is in jail and he’s bitter and he’s angry at the world.”

“From a physical and vocal perspective, if you listen to Manson around the late ’60s, he does have a lighter tone to his voice and he has a lightness to him. There’s some audition tapes of his online from about 1967-1968 when he’s auditioning for a music contract. He speaks a lot in that and he sounds a lot different than in the jail interviews that you see. He’s got this playful court jester quality… Having read so much about him and watching so much of him was definitely helpful. When I auditioned for OUATH, it was different than any audition I’d ever done in my life because I spent five months at that point working on that very character, that’s a very rare thing to happen.”

RELATED – RUMOR: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood May Be Getting An Extended Miniseries Cut On Netflix

Sadly, if you’ve had a chance to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, you know Manson maybe only had a few lines, so it’ll definitely be difficult to see the differences outside of the actor’s own research. Perhaps when and if Tarantino releases that extended Netflix cut of the film.

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