Matthew Rhys revealed the drunken prank he performed on ‘The People’ writers

Matthew Rhys revealed the drunken prank he performed on ‘The People’ writers

For a present so darkish and grisly, it is a reduction to know there was some levity behind the scenes.

Joel Fields, Joe Weisberg, Chris Lengthy, Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Brandon J. Dirden

The Americans was a Chilly Conflict sequence for the ages – half spy thriller, half home drama – it was as darkish because it was trendy. Nevertheless it appears there was one other factor at work throughout manufacturing – drunken pranks. 

Throughout a panel to have a good time the tenth anniversary of the present’s premiere held on the Paley Middle in New York, star Matthew Rhys was uncovered for having given the present’s writers an disagreeable shock after a boozy lunch. Author Joel Fields recounted the second, during which they found defaced photographs of Rhys and his costar and real-life accomplice Keri Russell

GALLERY: 10 Greatest TV Episodes of 2016: THE AMERICANS Episode: “The Magic of David Copperfield V. The Statue of Liberty Disappears” Season 4, Episode 8 Air Date: Wednesday, Could 4, 2016(l-r) Matthew Rhys as Philip Jennings, Keri Russell as Elizabeth Jennings

Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell on ‘The People’

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“Joe [Weisberg] and I walked in [the writers’ room] at some point and somebody had on Matthew and Keri’s footage – they’d been defaced. There is a satan on Matthew and a humorous mustache on Keri,” Fields stated. “And we referred to as the assistants in and we referred to as the employees in and we go, ‘Guys, it is all good to have enjoyable it is nice, however this can be a skilled and respectful place to work and we actually must know who did this?’ And one of many assistants lastly goes, ‘It is Matthew.'”

Rhys chimed in, taking full credit score for the prank, revealing he was taking part in on the numerous disguises he and Russell adopted over the course of six seasons. 

“We had a boozy lunch,” Rhys stated. “And I used to be like, ‘New disguise choices!'”

For a present so darkish and grisly, it is a reduction to know there was some levity behind the scenes on the present’s Brooklyn set. Sensible jokes weren’t all that dominated the storylines off display: Rhys and Russell welcomed a son, Sam, now six, in the course of the manufacturing. The pair lately reunited with their People costar Margo Martindale for the movie Cocaine Bear and are at the moment headlining their very own TV tasks. Rhys headlines the HBO thriller Perry Mason and Russell stars within the forthcoming present The Diplomat. 

You too can discover jokster Rhys charting a restored vessel as soon as owned by Ernest Hemingway on New York’s excessive seas. EW’s Nick Romano profiled the ambitious endeavor in 2021. 

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