"It goes back to the scene of the crime, in a way," Mr. Sheen said. "He was much younger when this original kind of hurt was done to him. And my idea was that by the time it gets to that moment, he's sort of almost re-creating the circumstances of the original grief. And that part of him was so much younger then, and much more boyish, and that's the part of him that gets activated in a way."
"[Boldwood] has this kind of unraveling journey that he goes on, and I thought that was really interesting to see a man who was so self-contained and so dignified" end up where he does at the story's conclusion," Mr. Sheen said.