Jon Jon Briones returns to Ryan Murphy’s eerie, surrealistic world in “Ratched,” his prequel sequence about villainous “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” nurse Mildred Ratched.
The eight-episode drama begins in 1947, because the evil Ratched (Sarah Paulson) wheedles her manner right into a job at a California psychiatric hospital run by Dr. Richard Hanover (Briones) — who, like Ratched, is hiding horrific secrets and techniques of his personal.
Briones, born within the Philippines, appeared in two earlier Murphy sequence on FX: as Ariel Augustus in “American Horror Story” and as Modesto Cunanan, the daddy of serial killer Andrew Cunanan, in “American Crime Story.” His lengthy TV resume contains roles on “Monk,” “All Rise,” “Designated Survivor” and “Better Things.”
Briones, 55, spoke to The Post about his “Ratched” function as Hanover.
Were you given a nutshell description of Hanover going into the challenge?
Before we began taking pictures, I used to be despatched the primary three episodes. Ryan [Murphy] e-mailed me asking if I wished to speak about my character and I stated, “Yes, please,” however it by no means occurred. I don’t know if that was by design, if he didn’t need me to know an excessive amount of. I keep in mind on the Emmys afterparty for “The Assassination of Gianni Versace” Ryan stated to me, “You’re going to be very pleased with the function you’re enjoying in ‘Ratched.’ I wrote you an exquisite character, a superb physician.” When I used to be studying the scripts, my spouse was studying them as nicely — she likes to learn all my scripts and is an efficient gauge — and once I heard her within the silence go “Oh my God!” I knew it was good as a result of it’s so exhausting to shock her.
So you had no thought the place Hanover was headed past the primary three scripts?
No. First of all it was curious that my [character’s] identify is [a very American-sounding] Richard Hanover. I assumed, “OK, we’re going that manner.” There’s a line within the first episode when Mildred says to me, “Excuse me, physician, are you of Filipino descent?” so that they had been acknowledging my tradition on this character. That grounded me somewhat. If Ryan didn’t need to speak about it, I made the choice to belief it and see the place it took me. Then there’s that scene with Lenore [Sharon Stone] and Wainwright [Corey Stoll] when it’s talked about that Hanover is Filipino, so I assumed, “OK, you’re right here now, this isn’t the time to ask questions — piece all the things collectively and do your greatest.” You should belief Ryan; his vision is so deliberate. I didn’t need to shake the tree.
Hanover performs two various kinds of gory lobotomies on his sufferers. Did you do any analysis on that?
Yes, and thank god for YouTube. It’s wonderful what you will discover there. The factor is, regardless of how barbaric lobotomies had been, they had been used extensively in the course of the 1940s. You can see the desperation of well being employees to attempt to discover one thing drastic, because the therapy of psychological well being was turning into a very large drawback.
Describe Hanover for me.
There’s one thing tragic about him. He’s a superb physician, however his ego will get in the way in which. I see him as having a God complicated, like, “Now I can remedy everybody.” He’s an excellent particular person, for my part, and for him to be all these issues to all individuals, on this world within the 1940s, he mainly has chip on his shoulder. He’s making an attempt to make it in a world the place individuals like him are designed to fail. Everything is stacked in opposition to him and he made one very large mistake — and it’s a downhill journey from there. He’s a large number.
What’s it prefer to work with Sarah Paulson?
My very first scene on “American Horror Story” — I joined them in Episode three or 4 — was a head-on collision with Sarah’s character. That was a tremendous day. She’s great and is aware of her s–t. She very ready and really skilled. She units the tempo on the set. She’s a lot enjoyable and a really beneficiant human being.