Steve Coogan will play disgraced entertainer Jimmy Savile in the upcoming BBC miniseries The Reckoning, which will be a biographical account of the life of the British DJ and TV personality.
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Steve Coogan has defended an upcoming Jimmy Savile series in which he portrays the disgraced entertainer.
The Reckoning, written by Neil McKay, is a biographical account of the life of the British DJ and television personality.
Appearing on Sunday Brunch, Coogan talked about the upcoming miniseries and said it could prevent history from repeating itself.
The 56-year-old actor told hosts Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer that he understands “people’s opposition to the whole idea” but insists it has a “clever” script and is executed.” in consultation with many of Savile’s victims”.
“I think it’s because Jimmy Savile played a trick on the entire nation that there’s a real counterintuitive feeling about it,” Coogan said.
“But you need to look at someone like that to understand how they can operate and prevent that from happening again.
“If you sweep it under the rug and stop talking about it, those people will come back,” he continued.
The comedian also revealed that he will talk to the actors who play the victims first to help them feel at ease.
“I’m going to go and talk to them as myself and say, ‘Hi, I’m Steve, I’m not Jimmy Savile, that’s who I’m going to play today’.
“And you’re playing a role and we’re going to do it professionally, and that let them know that I’m a different person. So it was a tie, but I think we did it. the right way…” he added.
The BBC had previously defended their decision to create the series and said it was an important story to tell to ‘make sure such crimes never happen again’.
Executive producer Jeff Pope said: “It’s purpose is to uncover how long Savile’s criminal behavior has gone unchecked and to shed light on this, to make sure those who commit crimes go unchecked. Such evil never happens again.
“Steve has a unique ability to play complex characters and will approach the role with the utmost care and integrity,” he added.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/steve-coogan-defends-new-jimmy-26624738 Steve Coogan defends new Jimmy Savile series for having a 'very clever' script