Actor David Hewlett arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere "Splice" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on June 2, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
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Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet Of Curiosities Got A Little Too Claustrophobic For David Hewlett
Spoiler Warning!
This story contains spoilers for "Guillermo Del Toro's Cabinet of Curiosities" Episode 2.
Guillermo del Toro’s second episode of “Cabinet of Curiosities,” titled “Graveyard Rats,” follows a grave robber named Masson (David Hewlett) whose livelihood is endangered due to rats. The episode evokes anxiety and claustrophobia as Masson crawls through narrow underground tunnels, though Hewlett struggled with these scenes as they were a little too confined for his liking.
The episode director, Vincenzo Natali, recalled the experience of filming in crawl spaces, praising Hewlett for his dedication. Natali shared, “Then for David, [he] was such a courageous soul and worked so hard without complaint under very physically trying circumstances, I mean it’s not easy to wiggle in there and he did it for 17 days or the better part of them.”
Hewlett and Natali faced some issues while filming the episode due to the limited space and lighting. The director explained, “In a small space, there’s no room for anything, and literally in this episode, there was room for an actor and the light that he was holding, which was actually the light that was lighting him in the scene, and one camera, and that is much harder to work with.”