On the occasion of the broadcast on France 2 of the first episodes of “Le Doute”, AlloCiné met Ben Barnes to ask him a few questions about his role in this dramatic mini-series.
France 2 is broadcasting tonight from 9:05 p.m. the first three episodes of Le Doubt, an English psychological thriller starring Ben Barnes and Julia Ormond.
This mini-series follows Julia, a sixty-year-old woman, who will fall under the spell of Benjamin, 30 years younger. But this relationship will not be to the liking of his children. Is this love really possible? Or does young Benjamin only want Julia’s money, as his family thinks?
On the occasion of the Monte Carlo television festival 2019, AlloCiné met Ben Barnes to ask him a few questions.
AlloCiné: The French public will discover the first episodes of Le Doute tonight on France 2. Can you tell us a little about this series?
Ben barnes : The Doubt is a drama series in 6 episodes of a genre called in English “Domestic black”. She paints us an intimate portrait of a family whose relations revolve around the matriarch of the family, embodied by Julia Ormond.
She has just celebrated her 60th birthday, her divorce has only just been finalized and her children are now adults. She’ll then meet my character, Benjamin, and they’ll start having an affair. Everyone around him will judge this relationship.
You are more used to working on major series, like The Punisher or Shadow and Bone. What convinced you to work on this more intimate series?
I found the series very interesting, because it plays a lot on gender stereotypes. For once, we see a woman in her sixties who has a relationship with a man much younger than her.
This role reversal tends to generate very different prejudices than when it comes to a man with a younger woman. The series also addresses the themes of trust and judgment. Why do we judge this relationship and the behavior of these people?
I think that viewers who watch the series will be able to relate to the characters and have empathy for them, which will surely lead to some interesting discussions.
You have shot a lot in short series, like Westworld or The Punisher whose seasons only consist of 10 episodes. This is still the case with Le Doute, which only consists of 6 episodes. Why choose this kind of series format?
I think that the future of television will be done in this direction. This format of 10-13 episodes, or even less in the case of Doubt, allows a very complete story to be told from many different angles. People like to be able to come home and find characters they feel they know.
I think you feel more committed and involved in the story and in the characters for series that have few episodes. When you start to have a series of 22 episodes, the plots are stretched to make the pleasure last which does not necessarily bring anything interesting from my point of view.
Speaking of The Punisher, you had one of the main roles alongside Jon Bernthal. How did you take the announcement of the show’s cancellation after only two seasons?
I have to admit, when I saw that Netflix was canceling all of the Marvel series on the platform, I felt less bad for the cancellation of The Punisher.
I really enjoyed playing in this series and Jon Bernthal was just amazing there. I loved my character, especially in Season 2. I was lucky enough to be able to make it my own and I’m really grateful for it.
In series like Westworld or The Punisher, the information was very locked and you didn’t necessarily have the opportunity to talk about it. How were the shootings going?
I have the impression that it is more and more popular in Hollywood, not to have all the information and to work a bit blindly. But I think it helps focus on the little moments by trusting the writers and directors so that all the pieces of the puzzle come together at the end.
It’s really a very interesting way of working, because you don’t really know, when you’re filming, where you’re going.