Crispin Glover is back with another off-kilter character in Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities. Starring in the episode “Pickman’s Model,” the actor stars as the titular artist with a dark past whose art contains a terrifying secret within, of which Ben Barnes’ Will Thurber finds himself attracted to.
Helmed by The Vigil‘s Keith Thomas, “Pickman’s Model” is one of eight stories collected in Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities alongside fellow H.P. Lovecraft adaptation “Dreams in the Witch House,” and other tales by Henry Kuttner, Emily Carroll, del Toro himself, and more. Blending terrifying visuals with mind-bending storytelling, “Pickman’s Model” proves another worthy adaptation of a Lovecraft story.
In honor of the show’s premiere, Screen Rant spoke exclusively with star Crispin Glover to discuss Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities, his installment “Pickman’s Model,” playing a more ambiguous character than normal, the future of American Gods, and more.
Screen Rant: I’m very excited to talk about “Pickman’s Model” and Cabinet of Curiosities, it’s such a wonderful anthology collection of stories. I know a lot of it is Guillermo del Toro-driven, but it’s also driven by these wonderful directors that he’s gotten. How did it come about for you to be a part of this project?
What was it like getting to the heart of your character for this one? Because we’ve seen you play characters with odder sensibilities, but there’s something that feels very different about this in comparison to the past.
It really felt like there was a sense of ambiguity with your character, more than in the past when you’ve played these sinister type characters. I feel that works very well for Pickman, and his relationship with Ben’s character.
I feel like you never let the audience fully in on what the game is. You never give away whether you’re trying to break down Ben’s walls for malicious purposes, or just to lead him into something new.
It certainly made me want to go back and check out the source material just to compare. Were you a fan of Lovecraft prior to coming on to this special?
So, it opened the door for you as well.
One of my questions was about finding that very Massachusetts-sounding accent.
Another thing I love is the creature design and the paintings themselves. What was your first reaction when you saw Pickman’s art as well as the creature itself?
I love the dynamic that you and Ben have as his and Pickman’s relationship evolves throughout the episode. What was that like developing that dynamic and rapport with him prior to filming?
Well, that’s always good to hear. Before I let you go, I was also a big fan of American Gods, and I know that Neil is trying to get like a film finale made for it. Have you heard anything, or how are you feeling about possibly doing that?
In CABINET OF CURIOSITIES, acclaimed Academy Award-winning filmmaker and creator, executive producer and co-showrunner Guillermo del Toro has curated a collection of unprecedented and genre-defining stories meant to challenge our traditional notions of horror. From macabre to magical, gothic to grotesque or classically creepy, these eight equally sophisticated and sinister tales (including two original stories by del Toro) are brought to life by a team of writers and directors personally chosen by del Toro.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S CABINET OF CURIOSITIES is created and executive produced by Guillermo del Toro; executive produced by Academy Award winner J. Miles Dale (The Shape of Water; Sex/Life), who also serves as co-showrunner; and executive produced by Gary Ungar. Regina Corrado serves as co-executive producer. Del Toro also serves as host.
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