Not everyone gets the opportunity to play the role of Charles Mason. But, this is not the case for Damon Herriman, who got the chance to play the infamous role not just once, but twice.
Damon Herriman successfully plays the role of an angry prisoner in Netflix’s famous series Mindhunter as Charles Manson. Along with that, he is also portrayed in Quentin Tarantino’s ninth and probably his last movie- Once Upon A Time In Hollywood.
Both the roles of Herriman are of short durations, but memorable. However, it isn’t something Tarantino had in his mind.
During his interview with Entertainment Weekly, Damon spoke about the contrasting differences between playing Charles Manson in summer 1969 and Manson as a prisoner. The actor mentioned that he initially thought Tarantino had plans on depicting the role of the criminal as “ominous figure who you just get a glimpse of, but you don’t get to know at all.”
He went on to admit that quite a lot of his scenes from Once Upon a Time in Hollywood were cut by Quentin Tarantino. The actor said, “We did shoot a little more than what’s in the film,”.
Damon Herriman spoke about his characters by saying that the prisoner Manson in Mindhunter is angry and bitter to the world, while the character Charles Manson in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood had a lighter and fun tone to it.
The coming together of Charles Manson’s character in the movie and its connection cannot be discussed without a spoiler; however, the role of Manson in the second season of Mindhunter is a less significant one.
The drama has agents Bill Tench and Holden Ford who are involved in FBI’s Behavioural Science Unit research where they interview big-time serial killers. However, the drama’s plot centers around the real-life child murders in Atlanta, which took place between 1979-1981 in Georgia.