One of the things I love about this job is that I truly do learn new things every day. Granted, they’re not always things I want or need to learn, but still… For instance, today I discovered back in 2011, there was a hit Australian series based on Christos Tsiolkas’ award-winning novel, The Slap. I also found out that as with all good imports, we’re already on our way to an Americanized (thankfully, not supersized) bastardization written by Jon Robin Baitz (Brothers & Sisters, Alias, The West Wing), and what do you know, Peter Sarsgaard, Brian Cox and Mary-Louise Parker have already signed on. Perhaps the most intriguing bit about this particular series is both in its title, and the premise, which is exactly how much, and what kind of fallout will be produced by a man slapping another man’s misbehaving child?
At first glance, the description might sound silly — my first question was “How do you sustain an eight-part series on this…barbecue incident?” It reminds me a bit of the Carnage plot, though I’m hoping The Slap will be a little more involved and entertaining. But a little further reading leads me to see the potential ripples such an event might cause (and what may have led to it) — in the right hands, this could turn out an actor’s tour de force. So here’s the question I have for you guys: Is SPOILER
Bloody Face Zachary Quinto that actor? Maybe. Though in both Star Trek films and Heroes, I found Quinto rather one-dimensional, it’s actually through American Horror Story that I’ve come to appreciate his range. Obviously he’s great at dark, angry, or serial-killer types, and I can easily see him as a guy who snaps, and slaps a kid.
Quinto will play Harry, “A mechanic/dealer specializing in expensive European automobiles who lives in Brooklyn with his family.” Married, and father of a 15-year-old son, Harry’s the guy who’s always ready to start a fight.
Sarsgaard stars as Harry’s cousin, Hector and host of the barbecue, Parker is Anouk — a friend of Hector’s wife, and Cox plays the family patriarch. The series will be directed by Academy Award nominated Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right).