The restricted collection, executive-produced by Ryan Murphy, depicts the lifetime of Roy Halston Frowick (McGregor), who dominated the style world as designer Halston within the late Seventies and early ’80s. Primarily based on the 1991 e book “Merely Halston: The Untold Story,” the present follows the worldwide impresario “as he leverages his single, invented identify right into a worldwide trend empire that’s synonymous with luxurious, intercourse, standing and fame,” in line with press notes.
Throughout his heyday, Halston boasted a clientele of A-list stars that included Anjelica Huston and Liza Minnelli, the latter of whom actor Krysta Rodriguez portrays within the collection. Halston’s well-documented battle with drug dependancy, nevertheless, took a toll on his profession, and he ultimately misplaced management of his trend home. He died of AIDS-related lung most cancers at age 57 in 1990.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, McGregor mentioned he wasn’t conversant in the scope of Halston’s legacy when he first learn the script for the collection.
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“I may inform immediately from the pictures that I wished to play him,” the “Trainspotting” and “Moulin Rouge!” actor mentioned. “I may simply really feel it. There’s one thing about the best way you possibly can see that he holds himself, one thing behind his eyes. There’s one thing so intriguing about him as a personality.”
“To search out out that he was so massively well-known in his time and I had by no means heard of him — that didn’t make a lot sense to me,” he added.
“Halston” doesn’t shrink back from its topic’s personal life. The collection additionally stars Gian Franco Rodriguez as Venezuelan-born artist Victor Hugo, who was in a romantic relationship with the designer for about 12 years.
As a straight man, McGregor mentioned he was at first involved that accepting the function of Halston, who made no secret of his queer sexuality throughout his lifetime, would lead to backlash.
“If it had been a narrative about Halston’s sexuality extra, then perhaps it’s proper that homosexual actors ought to play that function,” the actor instructed THR in a separate interview. “However on this case — and I don’t wish to sound like I’m worming out of this, as a result of it’s one thing I did assume lots about — I suppose finally I felt prefer it was only one a part of who he was.”
“There are folks I met who wouldn’t have good issues to say about him,” he continued. “And there are individuals who love him and are unbelievably loyal to this present day. I used to be excited to play that.”
“Halston” debuts on Netflix on Could 14.
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