Most actors are attached to their jobs. Steve Carell was padlocked to his.
In FX’s new tête-à-tête thriller “The Patient,” Carell’s character, Dr. Alan Strauss, spends most of the show restrained by a serial killer — the titular patient — with a chain bolted to the floor. Every day, the prop master came in with a real manacle and shackled the actor with a real lock.
Carell had not quite pictured the full impact of his request for verisimilitude.
“The physicality of it was more than I expected,” he said recently on the phone from Los Angeles. “It was instantly claustrophobic to know that I had a span of about 10 feet to move for about three months of work. You couldn’t move too fast or you’d cut your ankle — I found that out pretty quickly. ”
As his co-star Domhnall Gleeson, who plays the killer, Sam, dryly commented: “Steve, I noticed early, had decided, basically, once he was in, he was in.”