From executive producer Jeff Pope, Archie
, now on Britbox, tells the story of Archie Leach, who grew up to become Hollywood superstar Cary Grant, but few know the story behind the man. Starring Jason Isaacs (Star Trek: Discovery
, Harry Potter
franchise) in the title role, the series reveals the performers’s formative years and how he overcame his troubled past to rise to stardom.
One of the most iconic figures of the twentieth century, Isaacs revealed earlier in the week during an interview with SciFi Vision that he did not originally want to take on the role. “I thought it was a terrible idea,” he told the site, going on to explain how the view the public have of Cary Grant is a far cry from who Archie really was. “Off screen, he really wasn't [the same] at all, emotionally,” said the actor.
Isaacs talked about how that gave him the license to explore who Grant was, and how he approached becoming the character, getting the voice down being the most difficult, since he only had a single interview on which to base it, wanting him to sound as he did in real life rather than just on film.