"He seems to be a man with a death wish. And what happens in this series, no matter how dark, how messed up, it gives him reason to live," Hartnett said.
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"The narrative that's been created over the last couple months is that I disappeared, and I was some hermit for the last few years and joined a cult or something," he said. "It's just crazy. ... I was doing work I thought was worthy."