Vera Farmiga and Cherry Jones Discuss The Great Power Of Their Apple Series in Five Days At Memorials

Vera Farmiga and Cherry Jones Discuss The Great Power Of Their Apple Series in Five Days At Memorial ...

Five Days At Memorial is a dark tale of Hurricane Katrina's impact on a local New Orleans hospital. Vera Farmiga and Cherry Jones play as real women who had to endure the harsh conditions and care for patients while the storm passed. HollywoodLife spoke directly with the actresses about how they prepared for the series and why they failed to speak to doctors at Memorial.

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In part because this is a journalistic book, and when screenwriters begin to dramatize something, they may be drawing on source material. But of course, theyre making up the conversations, according to Cherry. So I try sometimes not to read the original source material and just concentrate on what my job is, which is whats written on the page. Id rather not meet Susan Mulderick, although I have great respect for her.

Vera said, "I hope to see Anna one day." I think all of these details came from Sheri [Fink]'s enormous investigation. You want to know what Anna was like, talk to the patients, and you want to know who she is. That's what I've been given as my bible."

Everyone at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans endured harrowing days of no electricity, clean water, or air conditioning. After 45 corpses were eventually removed from the hospital in the aftermath, controversy erupted. This led to the arrest of Dr. Pou and two nurses associated with the deaths at Memorial. A grand jury rejected the charges a year later.

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Dr. Pou admitted to administering morphine and the soothing midazolam to patients, but not to euthanize them. Vera believes that the medications were only used to alleviate the suffering the patients were experiencing.

She told HollywoodLife that viewers will experience how it was like to be [there] in multiple perspectives in the characters' shoes. I hope they express compassion for everyone who went through it: the doctors, nurses, the staff at Memorial, the patients, the families that were there, and the people who were seeking refuge. I want them to express compassion.

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She continued, "This is a tribute to physicians and nurses, and our frontline, those health care workers who have just been on the frontline for years with a pandemic," and with their mental health, and with everything that was in front of them, and with the decisions they had to make regarding their needs and who gets a bed. They are the heroes in our society. We must respect them.

With the first three episodes, Five Days At Memorial will launch on Apple TV+ on August 12th. The remaining episodes will air weekly every Friday.

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