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Paul Bettany Explains His Research For Playing Unabomber TV Series

July 25, 2017


Paul Bettany recently stopped by AOL Build on Monday, July 24 in New York City to promote his upcoming  Discovery Channel mini- series MANHUNT: UNABOMBER. Bettany plays Harvard graduate-turned-killer Ted Kaczynski in the series. He revealed that he has very little recollection about him.

“I started doing the research and I realized my memory of him is just this sort of homeless hermit that you remember from those photographs. Of course, the dirt in those photographs is because he was in the middle of making a bomb at the time and actually his 10-by-8 cabin was in pretty good condition, pretty organized, and he’d lived there for 20 years.”

Manhunt: Unabomber Paul Bettany

While doing his research, Bettany discovered that Kaczynski was a subject of controversial experiments while studying at Harvard before becoming the youngest student at the Berkley University and then in the end disappearing into the woods to make his bombs.

“The TV show really doesn’t ask for sympathy for Ted, but what it does ask for is empathy for Ted.”

UNABOMBER is an anthology  mini series that tells the true story of FBI’s hunt for Kaczynski, best known as “The Unabomber”, the deadliest and serial bomber in history. The story focuses on FBI agent and criminal profiler Jim “Fitz” Fitzgerald (Sam Worthington), who pioneered the use of forensic linguistics to identify and eventually bust Harvard-educated Kaczynski (Bettany) at his rural Montana cabin in 1996. There they found a completed bomb, bomb parts and tends of thousands worth of journals. After teaching at UC Berkeley, Kaczynski retreated to a survival lifestyle. Between 1978 and 1995, he mailed bombs to universities and airlines, killing three people and injuring nearly two dozen more. The man behind the world’s most famous police sketch ultimately was sentenced to life in prison.

Bettany is joined alongside Chris Noth, Neisha Castle-Hughes, Jane Lynch, Mark Duplass, Brian D’Arcy James, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Elizabeth Reaser, Ben Weber, Jeremy Bobb, Lynn Collins and Brian F. O’Byrne. Directed by Greg Yaitanes, who also serves as show runner and executive producer. Andrew Sodroski created the series and also executive produces.

MANHUNTER: UNABOMBER premieres on Tuesday, August 1 at 9PM ET/PT on the Discovery channel.


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