Open up a drawer on the set of Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle and you open up to 1960s America. But it’s a nation we never knew. Sure, there’s the title to a Rock Hudson-June Allyson movie on the theater marquee, but it’s playing in a Nazi-occupied region of the United States. While an actor’s emotional mechanism largely takes credit for their performance, the cast of Amazon’s hit series talks about how the show’s scenic design, costumes, props and crafts’ departments inform their alter egos in this adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s dystopian future novel. “It’s the air we breath,” says actress Alexa Davalos (Juliana Crain, turncoat against the Japanese rulers) about the hand-crafted post-World War II atmosphere. DJ Qualls (factory worker Ed McCarthy) credits Amazon for giving the below-the-line team “the resources to do their jobs,” which in turn becomes an actor’s greatest inspiration. “It effects everything from how you carry your body to the cadence of your speech,” says Qualls. The following clip is from a recent Awardsline Emmy screening for The Man in the High Castle, moderated by Deadline’s Dominic Patten.
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