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Old 01-31-2013, 10:20 PM   #101
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This is how to do a pilot, all pilots should have that extra 25 minutes so that the set up does not feel rushed. I got a real sense of who Phillip and Elizabeth are as well as getting interested in their situation as spies and parents, plus there was time to even get the Feds properly integrated. The acting all round was very good.

My only negative comment is that they did not look anywhere close to 20 years younger in the flashbacks, even though the flashbacks themselves were well done.

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Good start. I totally expected the wife to be the "emotional" one who might be having doubts and be wanting out, just because that's what always seems to be the case in these type of stories, so I found the reversal refreshing.
I agree and I'm glad the show explained Elizabeth's reasons for being colder instead of her just being moody. Rhys and Russel were superb in the leads, you could feel their conflict, both internal and external, and I thought the pivotal scene where Phillip snapped the guys neck when he realized he'd raped Elizabeth was really well done.

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Loved it, I understand where she's coming from but I HATE Russell's character. Willing to give up her whole life AND HER KIDS rather than betray Russia!?

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I'm not really sure how that works anyway. The KGB went out of business in 1991 with Soviet Russia. Management's been changed a few times since then.

I guess they continued spying as long as someone in Moscow signed the checks.

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Loved it, I understand where she's coming from but I HATE Russell's character. Willing to give up her whole life AND HER KIDS rather than betray Russia!?
Its not that awful if you believe she has kept herself emotionally closed the entire time. The life, the kids etc. are just part of the mission.

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I'm not really sure how that works anyway. The KGB went out of business in 1991 with Soviet Russia. Management's been changed a few times since then.

I guess they continued spying as long as someone in Moscow signed the checks.
The show takes place in 1981

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Its not that awful if you believe she has kept herself emotionally closed the entire time. The life, the kids etc. are just part of the mission.
That's why I kinda understand but it takes a special kind-of person who is dead inside to not EVENTUALLY care for your own biological children.

I think my hatred is fueled more by the fact that the Father genuinely loves his life and family.

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Loved it, I understand where she's coming from but I HATE Russell's character. Willing to give up her whole life AND HER KIDS rather than betray Russia!?

This isn't true anymore though, keep in mind that this is was the pilot and the inciting incident kicking off the entire show is that after faking this life for years the two agents have finally found common ground as spouses. The show ended with Russel opening up to Rhys and lying to her handlers. It's what happens next where things will get interesting.

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Brainwashing and the fear of what they could do to her can go a long way.

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This was fantastic!!!! I hope it does well in ratings

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She's KGB, it's not so hard to believe she would be willing to do that for her country.

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That's why I kinda understand but it takes a special kind-of person who is dead inside to not EVENTUALLY care for your own biological children.

I think my hatred is fueled more by the fact that the Father genuinely loves his life and family.

I don't think she doesn't love her children. When she is arguing with her husband about defecting, she says, perhaps lying to herself, that her children can be converted, that she can teach them socialist values. And she also doesn't want to put her children in danger by telling them the truth.

And the pilot did a good job of giving us a glimpse into why Russell's character might be emotionally withdrawn. It also showed her thawing out a bit after the colonel was killed.

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The pilot was great. I thought Keri Russell was quite sexy and i'm glad to see her in a darker role as opposed to the Good Girl type she's played in a variety of shows and films.

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And the pilot did a good job of giving us a glimpse into why Russell's character might be emotionally withdrawn. It also showed her thawing out a bit after the colonel was killed.
I'm curious now to see if she's always this cold, or if it was because this mission involved the colonel who raped her.......

This show has great potential. The only thing i can see bringing this show down is one of the things i hate about Homeland; their kids become extremely annoying.

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This. I'm sure she had to convince the hell out of the studio that she could pull it off...

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This show has potential. The Pilot was pretty good, especially the last scene.

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Oh, well if some random guy on the internet named Shifty thinks so...

Actually, I was sort of half-assedly watching it on Hulu, while doing a few other things. So, I am kind of guilty.

Better on a second viewing, without commercials. Still not "feeling" the 80's though.

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Can anyone tell me the name of the song from the beginning,when they were chasing that KGB defector? I absolutly loved that whole opening scene.

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That's "Tusk" by Fleetwood Mac. Great song.

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Can anyone tell me the name of the song from the beginning,when they were chasing that KGB defector? I absolutly loved that whole opening scene.
Yeah, it was awesome.

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You say that like it's unordinary around here.

But, enough about me, let's talk about the show.

I actually liked the pilot. Especially since I paid attention this time.

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When I first heard that Mathew Rhys was in this tbh I had my doubts that I could pull this off,but he was brilliant in the first episode.

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Saw the pilot and really liked it. Loved the ending.

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The Americans is FX’s new period drama about the complex and complicated marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington, D.C., shortly after Ronald Reagan was elected President. Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) have a network of spies and informants under their control, while their two children – 13-year-old Paige (Holly Taylor) and 10-year-old Henry (Keidrich Sellati) – know nothing about their parents’ true identity. Even though Philip’s growing affinity for America’s values and way of life leads to tension with Elizabeth, the two must work together to keep their new FBI agent neighbor (Noah Emmerich) from discovering who they really are.

During this recent interview with Keri Russell, the actress talked about why she thinks her character will be relatable for viewers, what she knew about her character’s backstory, how her dance background really helps her with the stunts and fight scenes, what it’s like to have the show set in the ‘80s, working with co-star Matthew Rhys, and that the relationship between their characters will be a huge element of the story. She also talked about what attracted her to the feature film Austenland, about a woman so obsessed with the BBC production of Pride and Prejudice that she travels to a Jane Austen theme park, in search of her perfect gentleman. Check out what she had to say after the jump.



Question: Do you think viewers will be able to relate to your character?

KERI RUSSELL: Well, what’s good is that you see this girl, giving this guy a blow job, clearly all sexed out, and then see her the next morning, making lunches and living in the minutiae of being a mom. I know not every mom is a secret KGB spy, but every mom has this whole other life. Every dad and every person has this whole other life. You have no idea what gets them going, how they get off, what secrets they’re hiding, what’s shameful to them. That is what is very universally relatable, and what I hope this show does well.

How much did you have to know about your character’s former life in Russia, in order to portray her life, in America?

RUSSELL: We’re finding it out, as we go along. But, I think it’s important that the father died fighting in Stalingrad. The kind of hero worship you have, when a parent is lost early and you don’t know all their faults and misgivings, is a very strong influence. She was raised by a mother who also probably idolized that system, which came in and supported this family of a father who gave his life for the country. And I think she has a very important relationship with the man running the KGB operatives back home. He acted as a protector, who was mainly her only protector, and she wants to be a good daughter/soldier for him. So, we don’t know everything, but I think it’s a great starting point to see this person who’s been in this arranged marriage for 15 years, and finally is just now cracking and opening and maybe deciding to let someone take care of her, or let a little bit of emotion in and love her partner.

Do the stunts and fight scenes come easily for you?

RUSSELL: The dance background really does help. There’s a masculine rawness to Elizabeth, and it helped immensely to be able to do those fight scenes first, and then do the scenes right after. There’s a difference in your voice. There’s a center. It’s much lower. You’re exhausted, so it’s more growly. In fact, we had to reshoot a quick little something because of the lighting and I heard my voice and thought, “That’s a terrible voice!” There’s something, when you’re fighting and pushing and kicking guys’ heads into the wall that’s just more animal. It’s a cool place to come from.



You have that intense fight scene in the pilot, with that one great kick. How satisfying was that moment, for you?

RUSSELL: They created this kick, and it was terrible to do. The guy who I actually kicked in the head looked at me before. He could see that I was nervous to do it. There was no pad. I was kicking his head into the wall. He looked at me, grabbed me and said, “Listen, do it and do it right because, if you mess it up, we’re going to have to do it again, and then I’m going to be pissed.” It was pretty hardcore. I had to shut the world out and just do it. The cool part of this job is experiencing that kind of masculine aggression.

How is to work in the time period of the ‘80s?

RUSSELL: I think we’re doing a very nice version of it. I’m trying to do less of the shoulder pads and perms, and more of the nice silk shirts, gold chains and Jordache jeans. I think it’s interesting how clear the enemy [was then]. Every movie I saw from [that time period], you heard the Russian accent and were like, “Oh, that’s the bad guy!” The bad guy in Rocky was Russian, so of course he was going to lose.

What’s it been like to work with Matthew Rhys?

RUSSELL: When I read the script – and I read it multiple times before saying yes – what kept bubbling up to the surface, for me, is the relationship. That scene in the laundry room, where they’re really fighting, I know that they’re spies and that they’re fighting about these huge giant issues with Russia, but it’s the same fight every married couple has. It’s like, “Why can’t you ****ing do it my way, for once?! I want to do it this way!” Everyone knows what that feels like. That is called having a roommate. It’s about being in this relationship and having these kids. That’s when it’s the best to me, at its heart. It’s couched in the spy world, which elevates the stakes. That’s wonderful. I remember J.J. Abrams and Matt [Reeves], who created Felicity, would come up with story ideas and be like, “Can’t she just be a spy? There are only so many tests you can be worried about failing!” So, it elevates the stakes, but you’re still wondering how they’re going to survive it together. That’s what I care about. Is she going to turn him in because she cares so much about being true to herself? Can she compromise that which is so essential to her core? To me, it’s about the relationship. That’s the most relatable thing, and I hope that’s what continues. We’ll see.



Do you think that Elizabeth will come to love Philip?

RUSSELL: I think that’s a huge element. That will be the arc for them. In the middle of the season, there may even be some separating. The end of the pilot episode is the first time she feels protected. She thinks you have to do everything on your own, and he does this huge thing for her, which makes her go, “Oh, who is that?,” and they see each other for the first time. When you have feelings for somebody, it makes things more complicated. In a way, she’s being a better spy because she compartmentalizing things. When she’s being a better spy, she’s being a better mom because she’s not endangering her kids. If she’s captured, then her kids could be taken away from her. So, I think the arc will be about them falling in love and being in a relationship. In one of the episodes, you find out that Elizabeth does have a sexual life elsewhere, in a capacity that she can manage. She’s not just a cold-hearted, frigid lady. Everyone gets it somewhere, and it’s very intriguing. There are some interesting characters.

What attracted you to Austenland?

RUSSELL: That was Jerusha [Hess], who is married to Jared Hess. They wrote and directed Napoleon Dynamite together, and this was the first film that she was going to do [by herself]. She has this great spirit, is young, is funny, and I wanted to support her. She is great! She’s lovely.

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Keri Russell lies half-naked on a bed at a soundstage in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. Dressed in a black bra and stockings, her pencil skirt hiked up above her waist, she’s smiling, which is surprising given that in the past half hour, she’s been spanked on her naked rear or whipped with a belt more than 50 times.

Russell is filming the fifth episode of “The Americans,” FX’s new drama about Soviet spies in America in the early 1980s. As Elizabeth Jennings (her American name) Russell is undercover, using sex as a weapon in the soon-to-be-lost battle against capitalist oppression. This scene calls for Elizabeth’s mark, a corporate surveillance executive with a penchant for harmful sexual play, to turn unexpectedly violent.



The mechanics of the scene are tricky. After a kiss with guest-actor John Dossett, the two fall to the bed for a quick bout of fake sex. Dossett then flips Russell over, slaps her bottom twice and repeatedly whips her with a belt. Russell’s character realizes what’s happening, screams and squirms away.

In a scene of this sort, there are many details to work out. How many buttons should be undone on her peach blouse before Dossett removes it? When should Russell reach for his belt, and how long should her hands be down there? Then, when and how should he reach for the fake-leather belt which, in a true piece of showbiz magic, makes exactly the sound of a belt slashing flesh without causing Russell any pain?

Throughout, one is struck by Russell’s nonchalance. But the accompanying remarks, as heard on headphones while the scene is filmed, would constitute highly inappropriate behavior in any other workplace.

“If you want me to do the full unzipping, it’s gonna take a little time,” says Russell.

“Let’s see your next position. Turn over,” says Holly Dale, the director.

“How unbuckled should his pants be?,” Russell asks.

And then a crew member chimes in: “I feel like such a pervert watching this.”

As the scene progresses, one thing becomes abundantly clear: Keri Russell has come a long, long way since “Felicity.”

On a short break, the 36-year-old actress, now covered in a plush blue robe, relishes a quick snack.

“I’ve had a burrito and some chocolate. I feel great,” says Russell. “I’m ready to get naked again.”

In “The Americans,” Russell’s Russian-born spy was recruited by the KGB as a teen, and paired with Rhys’ Philip (they are instructed not to share their real names with each other) to become a husband and wife in America, have kids, and pose as a regular family while secretly carrying out missions for the motherland.

As such, “The Americans” is infused with action and lust, as the pair employ sex when needed, and also indulge in some primo ass-kicking, including Russell sending a man’s head through a wall in the first episode.

“One of my favorite shots in the pilot comes when she back-fists her own husband,” says show creator and ex-CIA man Joe Weisberg. “There are scenes coming up where you see her turn into this cold-blooded killer, and then go back in the next scene to being this warm mother. Her capacity to go back and forth between the two so naturally is what blows me away.”

The timing of the show could have seemed precipitous, as Russell had just given birth to her second child, daughter Willa Lou before production started (she and her husband, Shane Deary, also have a son, River Russell, now 5).

“I had just had a baby. I was nursing, and then going and punching people,” she says. “It was so weird.”

But while she filmed the pilot barely four months after giving birth — the veteran dancer says she did little training, as when it comes to being in shape, she’s “lucky on that front” — she says the nature of the Jennings’ relationship made the show too intriguing to pass up.

“I was just so interested in that marriage,” she says. “I thought, where are they gonna go with this? It was so smart, and so far from a normal procedural that I thought, this could be something.”

In the first episode, we learn that almost two decades and two children (Paige, 13, and Henry, 10) into their arranged marriage, Philip is far more in love with Elizabeth than vice versa, and also far more taken with their new country. This blend of personal and professional tension between the two will drive much of the plot.

“Philip is getting to a point where he knows this isn’t a sustainable lifestyle,” says Rhys, the Welsh actor who previously co-starred in ABC’s “Brothers and Sisters.”

“By the second episode, you realize there are elements to their missions that are getting dangerous. He realizes the net is closing. They can get sentenced to death, or what, they get sent back to Russia and take the kids to Moscow? It’s not a viable option anymore.”

Elizabeth, however, feels differently. We also learn in Episode 1 that she has suffered greatly for the cause — especially due to some brutal abuse at the hands of a KGB superior — and so to abandon it now would seem to discard all she’s been through.

“I just think it’s black-and-white to her. She believes there’s a right way and a wrong way,” says Russell. “Plus she’s given up everything. For this to go badly now, it would be such a waste.”

Rhys believes that his character’s growing love of America, as well as the couple’s ever-changing and challenged relationship, will allow viewers to root for them as they do for some of television’s other notorious antiheroes, even while the couple works to bring our country down.

“In ‘Homeland,’ you find yourself rooting for Brody, and then you go, hang on a minute,” says Rhys. “And with ‘Breaking Bad,’ you give Walter White an incredibly human justification. He’s dying of cancer, so you’re with him. Immediately, you’re like, ‘Whatever it takes.’”

Time will tell if audiences warm to these enemies of America, but there’s probably no one rooting for its success harder than Russell, a Boerum Hill resident who’s practically shooting in her own backyard.

When she agreed to do the show, she knew that it would either be shot within in walking distance from her Brooklyn home, or in Yonkers.

“The creator also lives in Brooklyn, but we didn’t know if we could get this,” she says of the soundstage at Eastern Effects Studios. “I was begging for it to be in Brooklyn. I just didn’t know my dream was gonna come true.”

Whether “The Americans” becomes a dream come true for FX remains to be seen. But whatever the show’s fate, those who do watch are likely to come away with a very different impression of this fresh-faced girl next door.

“I think it’s brilliant, brave casting,” says Rhys. “If you look at her, you don’t think [she’s a] KGB operative. You don’t go, she’ll kick a man’s head through a wall. She’s this little pistol, and given her track record, this turns America’s perception of her on its head.”

THE AMERICANS
Wednesday, 10 p.m., FX

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I missed something. Who's the guy attacking the pervert in his backyard?
Ah so he IS a pervert! LOL...I posted that since there's a thread on the shows IMDB message board (see "Badass BBQ Fight" lol). Some guy doesn't think the guy is a pervert/pedophile or something. He thinks it was wrong of Phillip to track down the guy and attack him at his house. And everyone else liked it and he was arguing with those who liked it (me included). I took it that Phillip wanted to protect his daughter and teach him a lesson. Yeah, he wanted to kick the guy's butt right then and there at the mall but restrained himself....and just merely saved it for later lol.

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