Last week, the premiere of AMC’s six-episode series “The Night Manager” brought the John le Carré bestseller to life with Tom Hiddleston as Jonathan Pine, the night manager at a luxurious Cairo hotel who gets pulled into a world of intrigue and risks that take on international proportions in the form of Richard Roper (Hugh Laurie).
While not the mustache-twirling villain, Roper is definitely not a good guy, and watching as Pine works to get close to him and gain his confidence is compelling thanks to swift writing, directing and the seemingly effortless skills of Hiddleston and Laurie in their roles.
Add Roper’s right-hand man, Corky (a.k.a. Major Lance Corkoran, played by Tom Hollander), who happens to be gay and knows how to strike hard with his venomous tongue, and Roper’s girlfriend, Jed Marshall (Elizabeth Debicki), and things get more and more complicated with each episode. In the supporting role of Simon Ogilvey, out actor Russell Tovey (“Looking“), also appears and you can only wish he were around more. (It’s Russell Tovey!)
The series, directed by Susanne Bier and written by David Farr, continues this week. I sat down with Hiddleston and Laurie recently to talk about the new series as well as which male co-star got a little handsy with Hiddleston’s Pine in an upcoming episode.
In Hugh Laurie's interview, he talks about not fully knowing everything about his character and how he's OK with that. Also, the actor talks about how Roper feels about Corky being gay.
Here’s the trailer for “The Night Manager”:
“The Night Manager” airs Tuesdays at 10 pm on AMC.
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