Damson Idris summons the devil to bring originality to his role of Franklin Saint. Says he had nightmares for over a month.
How far can someone go to get into a desired character for a movie/drama? Some actors may undertake extensive research, adopt behavioral and physical traits, and even live in the desired character’s life to some extent in order to deliver a more authentic and nuanced performance. However, in a bizarre turn of events, Damson Idris, the star of the acclaimed series “Snowfall” broke all the limits when he invoked the DEVIL. Yes, you read it absolutely right, Damson Idris to get into the character of Franklin Saint did the unbelievable.
In a recent interview, The British actor disclosed that he had metamorphically tapped into the dark depth of his character by invoking the devil, surprising his fellow actors sitting in the interview panel, Jeff Bridges, Kieran Calkin, Evan Peters, and Pedro Pascal.
Damson Idris states that during his final season, he encountered a creative block and began doubting his performance. He recalls himself retreating to a corner, staring at a wall, and in a moment of desperation he began calling upon the devil. He sought to tap into something intense and extreme, something that pushed him beyond his limits. This experience was harrowing, Idris recalls, leading to a month of haunting nightmares. This negative energy consumed Idris and pushed him to resort to prayer and other methods to purge himself. Idris even reached out to his mother for support, seeking solace. Idris shares, “That stuff is real, that stuff is really real.”
The topic arose when Evan Peters shared his experience portraying Jeffrey Dahmer in the popular Netflix series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Peters openly acknowledges the challenges he faced while stepping into the role of such a profound malevolent character.
Damson Idris adopted unimaginative techniques to bring out his character of Franklin Saint
Damson Idris revealed the depths he dived into to bring out the legendary character of Franklin Saint, shedding light on the methods he employed to truly embody his character. Just like Franklin’s father Alton faced his own struggles, the final scenes of “Snowfall” depicted Damson Idris’s character as a homeless alcoholic, wandering the streets of Los Angeles. Exploring this aspect of Franklin’s journey proved to be a particularly challenging endeavor.
In a candid revelation, Damson Idris revealed that he used to keep a small flask behind the scenes hidden from the view of others. At times he would touch his lips just to have a taste and evoke a connection to Franklin’s struggle with alcoholism. The actor also shared that he didn’t bathe for days just to get into the character of Franklin’s final scenes, luckily not disrupting others with bad odors, Idris admits.
Damson Idris’s acting breakthrough
Damson Idris is soon going to be a household name. Six remarkable seasons of ‘Snowfall’, gave Damson Idris the character that propelled him into the realm of Hollywood stardom-Franklin Saint. Franklin Saint was an ambitious 19-year-old drug dealer in Los Angeles, in the FX crime series of John Singleton that began in July 2017.
Stepping into the big screens in 2016, Damson Idris made a lasting mark with his first major film role in the British thriller “City of Tiny Lights”, starring alongside the talented Riza Ahmed. The following year, Idris ventured into the Hollywood cinema making his debut n the film Megan Leave, sharing the screen with the talented Kate Mara in the powerful war drama. Demonstrating his versatility in his acting career, Damson Idris showcased his talent by playing the role of an FBI agent in the 2018 film The Commuter, starring alongside the renowned Liam Nelson. His standout performance in “Farming”, alongside the remarkable Kate Beckinsale, further solidified his status as a powerful figure in the film industry. With each project, Idris leaves an indelible presence, proving himself of taking on diverse roles and captivating audiences on the grandest of stages.