Dopesick: We Speak to Michael Stuhlbarg About the Legacy of Richard Sackler

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Dopesick, the brand new eight episode miniseries on Disney Plus Hotstar (or Hulu if you’re reading this in the United States), an adaptation of Beth Macy’s critically acclaimed Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company That Addicted America, is a deep dive into America’s struggle with opioids, the toll its taken on the country, and the legal battles against the pharmaceutical companies that have brought on this crisis.

In this Goggler exclusive, we sat down for a chat with Michael Stuhlbarg, who plays Richard Sackler, a key figure in the development of, and the driving force behind, the drug OxyContin. We asked Michael what he thought of Richard Sackler and whether or not working on the series has changed his views on medicine, addiction, and the opioid crisis.

From Executive Producer Danny Strong, and starring and executive produced by Michael Keaton, Dopesick examines how one company triggered the worst drug epidemic in American history. The series takes viewers to the epicentre of America’s struggle with opioid addiction, from the boardrooms of Big Pharma, to a distressed Virginia mining community, to the hallways of the DEA. Defying all the odds, heroes will emerge in an intense and thrilling ride to take down the craven corporate forces behind this nation crisis and their allies. The limited series is inspired by the New York Times bestselling book by Beth Macy.

The eight-episode series stars Michael Keaton, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg, Will Poulter, with Kaitlyn Dever and Rosario Dawson. Dopesick is written by Emmy winner Danny Strong and directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson.

Click here to read our full interview with Dopesick’s Kaitlyn Dever.

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Dopesick premieres on Disney Plus Hotstar Malaysia on Friday, November 12.

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