Chernobyl’s Jared Harris discusses the challenges of portraying Valery Legasov

Jared Harris, star of HBO’s hit mini-series Chernobyl, has discussed the challenges of portraying the real-life figure of Valery Legasov.

There is no question that HBO’s historical min-series Chernobyl has turned into quite the hit, with the show receiving critical acclaim from all corners. The show stars Jared Harris as Valery Legasov, one of the men tasked with fixing the crisis – a real-life catastrophic nuclear incident in the Soviet Union during the 80s.

Jared Harris, in a recent interview with The Cheat Sheet, discussed some of the biggest challenges portraying Legasov, saying preparing for the role was no easy task as the Soviets simply erased much of the historical record, there weren’t even audio tapes like in the show:

“There weren’t audio tapes. He left behind journals. But that’s not as cinematic as audio tapes. They’re very hard to get a hold of. In fact,
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