FX showcased its new drama series “Trust” to prospective Emmy voters recently with an FYC event at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood. Gold Derby was on-hand and snagged red carpet interviews with creator Simon Beaufoy and stars Hilary Swank, Brendan Fraser, Harris Dickinson, and Michael Esper. Scroll down and follow the links at the bottom of this post to see our complete interviews.
This saga about the Getty family, led by billionaire patriarch J. Paul Getty (Donald Sutherland), is “about the two most important things to write about, which is love and money,” Beaufoy says. “They’re the two things that make the world go round, make it turn off its axis.” The series reunites Beaufoy with “Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle and producer Christian Colson. All three took home Oscars for that film in 2008.
The story centers on Gail Getty‘s (Swank) attempts to get her wealthy father-in-law to pay the ransom after her son, J. Paul Getty III (Dickinson), is kidnapped in Italy. “Gail Getty is the emotional anchor of the whole show,” Swank says. “As an outsider looking in,” Gail is “able to see the dysfunction” of the family, but “isn’t a part of the dysfunction.” Swank has two Best Actress Oscars on her mantel (“Boy Don’t Cry” in 1999 and “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004), and could compete at the Emmys for the first time as Best Drama Supporting Actress.
The senior Getty enlists his trusted fixer, James Fletcher Chace (Fraser), to hunt down his grandson before he has to pay the ransom. “I think of him more as a repairman,” Fraser reveals, “first responder, trouble-shooter, sometimes punching bag, but certainly someone who’s concerned about what happened to this kid.” A SAG winner as a member of the ensemble cast of “Crash” (2005), Fraser has been making a comeback on the small screen with notable roles in “Trust” and “The Affair.”
Gail is offered little help from her husband, J. Paul Getty Jr. (Esper), who is estranged from the family after struggles with drug abuse. “There’s so much humanity in what Simon wrote,” praises Esper. “Over the 10 episodes he’s investigating who these people are in a way that I just felt I really hadn’t seen that much.” Before “Trust” Esper was best known for recurring roles on such shows as “Nurse Jackie” and “Shades of Blue.”
“It’s obviously very intriguing as a story,” says Dickinson, who plays the kidnapped teenager. “He’s a very complex and individual character that goes through a hell of a lot. Certainly in the script he goes on such a journey from being a boy to a man.” Dickinson recently snagged an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor for the film “Beach Rats” (2017).
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Simon Beaufoy, creator
Hilary Swank, who plays Gail Getty
Brendan Fraser, who plays James Fletcher Chace
Harris Dickinson, who plays J. Paul Getty III
Michael Esper, who plays J. Paul Getty, Jr.
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