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The Crown: Michael C. Hall details his surprising JFK portrayal

JFK is coming to Netflix’s acclaimed British royal family drama The Crown, but you can expect a rather different depiction of the 35th president than the laudatory portraits typically seen in American film and television.

As played by Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Six Feet Under) in the show’s second season (premiering Friday), President John F. Kennedy is still a charming leader who can deliver an inspiring speech (a scene where Kennedy describes a divided nation and calls for healing leadership seems particularly on point). But he’s also shown behind the scenes as a controlling jealous conniver prone to outbursts, including very roughly handling Jackie Kennedy (Jodi Balfour) — who later reveals her and her husband’s heavy dependence on drugs. Below, Hall gives his first interview about the drama series, whose second season follows the life of Queen Elizabeth (Claire Foy) from the years 1956 to 1964.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was your first thought when offered this role?

MICHAEL C. HALL: I knew the show was very well regarded but I had yet to see it. It was somewhat daunting, obviously, to breathe life into somebody so iconic and who had life breathed into him by so many other people. But that was also exciting. And when I looked at the script I thought the presentation [of Kennedy] was pretty broad spectrum. It’s basically a sketch — I’m there momentarily here and there — but it took some risks in terms of how and what it was depicting. And I was excited in this day and age to give a speech that a lot of people in the states would crave to hear from a leader.

He’s perhaps the most previously depicted president in Hollywood history. Did that add any pressure?
Sure! It’s tough. You can’t ignore the ubiquity of his image and his

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