Hulu released its first trailer for Dopessick, an eight-part miniseries based on Beth Macy’s nonfiction book “Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America.” It shows Dr. Samuel Finnix (Michael Keaton), an old-fashioned doctor who later becomes embroiled in Big Pharma’s deadly secret, while being shabbily spoiled with a bucket of KFC by a pharmaceutical rep who declares, “Less than one percent of people become addicted to OxyContin .” Samuel’s answer: “I can’t.”
The trailer shows how hard the representatives have been pushed to get the drug on the market and are being instructed to “do everything” to win the “trust” of medical professionals so that they start prescribing the drug. Though initially hesitant to prescribe the drug, Finnix gives in and prescribes his patient Betsy Mallum, played by Kaitlyn Dever (smart book, justified), the “miracle cure” and instructs her to take only two a day. dr. Finnix begins to see the negative aspects of OxyContin. “I think that drug might be just a little more addictive than you said,” Samuel tells Billy (Will Poulter). The rep replies, “That’s not what we’re hearing.”
During the Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour, Rosario Dawson notes that she “has had relatives and people in the community whom I have seen suffer and whose lives have now been affected by opioid addiction for generations.” She spoke of “the ease with which it has just been brought into their lives and how destructive it was.” She later added, “To have the opportunity to tell the stories of these real people, I think it will bring humanity to a situation that has sadly seen a lot of inhumanity,” of the series.
Michael Keaton agreed: “I think what Rosario said, the way she put it was perfect, because maybe that was a shock to me, the ease with which it became an epidemic knocked me out a little bit, you know, it seems almost too simple that this happened this way I’m reading and thinking, ‘Well, are we really just too headstrong?’ and then you have to read Beth Macy’s book and do some research, then you realize this isn’t an exaggeration in the least, but that’s the expression, that’s the thing for me, the ease with which all this happened was sickening.”
Hulu’s Limited Series Dopessick, starring Golden Globe winner Michael Keaton, is a riveting look at the epicenter of America’s battle against opioid addiction. From executive producers Danny Strong (rich) and Warren Littlefield (The Handmaid’s Tale), Dopessick is a brutal yet deeply human portrait of families affected by the opioid crisis and their intersecting stories. From an ailing mining community in Virginia to the corridors of the DEA, this limited series tells a compelling story that ties into a powerful and topical cultural conversation. The series tackles the destructive effects of the opioid on every community and Purdue Pharma. Rosario Dawson, Kaitlyn Dever, Will Poulter, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, John Hoogenakker are also in the cast, as well as Phillipa Soo and Jake McDorman.Dopessick premieres October 13 on Hulu.
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