Ewan McGregor embodies the magic and glamor of the 54-era New York studio in Netflix’s “Halston”, as evidenced by a new trailer.
The limited series, executive produced by Ryan Murphy, depicts the life of Roy Halston Frock (MacGregor), who dominated the fashion world as Halston designer in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Based on a 1991 book titled “Simply Halston: The Untold Story,” the show follows the global designer “as it leverages its singular and innovative name into a global fashion empire synonymous with luxury, gender, prestige and fame,” according to press notes.
During its prime, Halston boasted of a clientele of A-list stars including Anjelica Huston and Liza Minnelli, portrayed by actress Krysta Rodriguez in the series. However, Halston’s well-documented fight with drug addiction took a toll on his career, and he eventually lost control of his fashion house. He died of AIDS-related lung cancer at the age of 57 in 1990.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, MacGregor said he was not aware of the scope of Halston’s legacy when he first read the series’ script.
Catch the “Halston” trailer below.
“I can immediately tell from the pictures that I wanted to play it,” “Trainspotting” and “Moulin Rouge!” The actor said. “I could feel it. There is something about the way you can see that he is carrying himself, something behind his eyes. There is something intriguing about him as a character.”
He added, “Knowing that he was widely popular in his day and had never heard of him before – it didn’t make sense to me.”
Halston is not ashamed of the private life of his subject. The series also stars Gian Franco Rodriguez as Venezuelan-born artist Victor Hugo, who has been in a romantic relationship with the designer for nearly 12 years.
As a straight man, McGregor said he was initially concerned that accepting the role of Halston, who had made no secret of his homosexuality during his lifetime, would lead to a backlash.
The actor told THR in a separate interview, “If it’s more of a story about Halston’s sexuality, then maybe it would be right for gay actors to play that role.” “But in this case – and I don’t want to look like I’m getting out of this, because it’s something I thought about a lot – I assume in the end that I felt it was just one part of his personality.”
He continued, “There are people I have met who do not have nice things to say about him.” “And there are people who love and are incredibly loyal to this day. I was excited to play that.”
“Halston” first appeared on Netflix on May 14th.
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