Ewan McGregor personifies the glamor and grit of Studio 54-era New York in Netflix’s “Halston,” as evidenced by a brand new trailer.
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. Based mostly on the 1991 ebook “Merely Halston: The Untold Story,” the present follows the worldwide impresario “as he leverages his single, invented title right into a worldwide style empire that’s synonymous with luxurious, intercourse, standing and fame,” based on 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 habit, nevertheless, took a toll on his profession, and he finally misplaced management of his style home. He died of AIDS-related lung most cancers at age 57 in 1990.
Chatting with 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 images 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 seek 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 non-public 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 position of Halston, who made no secret of his queer sexuality throughout his lifetime, would end in backlash.
“If it had been a narrative about Halston’s sexuality extra, then perhaps it’s proper that homosexual actors ought to play that position,” the actor informed THR in a separate interview. “However on this case — and I don’t need to sound like I’m worming out of this, as a result of it’s one thing I did assume quite a bit about — I suppose in the end I felt prefer it was only one a part of who he was.”
“There are individuals I met who would not have good issues to say about him,” he continued. “And there are individuals who love him and are unbelievably loyal to at the present time. I used to be excited to play that.”
“Halston” debuts on Netflix on Might 14.
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