Critics are lauding HBO’s historical mini-series, "Chernobyl," a dramatised version surrounding the nuclear disaster of April 1986 in Soviet Ukraine. It looks at the events around this tragedy, the brave souls who sacrificed everything in the face of it, those that played a hand in it and the cover-ups that ensued.
Jarred Harris and Emily Watson helm the series.
Expanding on his character, Harris says, “I’m playing Valery Legasov, the lead scientist in the clean-up and the guy who has to figure out how to put Pandora back in the box. He was plucked out of his life one morning and placed in the worst place on earth by the afternoon. He’s not a natural hero. If you asked him would he rather it was somebody else, he’d definitely say yes, but he realises he’s going to have to do it and there’s no leaving there until it’s done.”
Are there any interviews or footage to base him on?
“The Soviet Union erased a lot his involvement and his legacy, but there’s some footage that survived. There is swagger to the man, but that just didn’t work for our character,” he adds.