Category: The Staircase
Michael Peterson Would Have Preferred If Brad Pitt Had Played Him In HBO’s “The Staircase” Instead Of Colin Firth
There’s little doubt that come Emmy-times, Colin Firth and Toni Collette will be all up in the mix for their portrayals of Michael and Kathleen Peterson in HBO limited series The Staircase. But the real Michael Peterson, who has not seen the show, is once again irate about it and thinks that Brad Pitt would have done a better job of capturing his legendary (in his own mind) “energy” and “humor.” Which is silly if you think about it. Anybody who’s seen the documentary the show is based on knows that HBO did Michael a solid by casting Colin instead of hiring Andy Serkis to reprise his performance in The Lord of the Rings for the role. Especially considering the way Michael’s been hissing “my precious… feelings” ever since the day his wife was found crumpled up at the bottom of the couple’s staircase in a pool of her own blood. But go off, king. You’ve made a point. Brad Pitt probably should consider prestige television.
Michael Peterson Is Pissed At The Documentary Filmmaker Who Sold His Archives To HBO For “The Staircase”
The HBO limited series The Staircase wrapped up this week but the case of Michael Peterson vs The Staircase is far from closed. Michael, played in the series by Colin Firth, served 8 years in prison for the death of his wife Kathleen Peterson, played by Toni Colette. Michael claims he found Kathlee bloodied and barely breathing at the bottom of a staircase in the couple’s home in 2001. The HBO show was based on a documentary of the same name by French filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, who was given unfettered access to Micahel’s personal life, family and trial. While Michael had previously said he wasn’t going to watch the HBO show, Jean-Xavier apparently did since he sold his archives to HBO for the series. Michael’s pissed at Jean-Xaiver, claiming he “pimped” him and his family out and that “Jean should have known that when you sell your ass/property, you assume the risk of getting fucked/betrayed, every hooker knows this.” Look, I’m still on the fence about whether or not Michael is innocent in his wife’s death, but he’s definitely guilty of 3rd degree sick burns.