The Serpent's Jenna Coleman reveals terrified cast 'prayed for their lives' after true crime thriller ‘left them cursed’02/09/2021
THE Serpent's Jenna Coleman has revealed the terrified cast 'prayed for their lives' after the true crime thriller ‘left them cursed’.
The 34-year-old actress plays Marie-Andrée Leclerc, the lover and accomplice of real life serial killer Charles Sobhraj in the hit BBC drama.
The series follows his reign of terror as he killed countless travellers in Thailand, Nepal and India during the 1970s, drugging them and often stealing their identities.
Filming mainly took place in Bangkok, Thailand during the rainy season which caused a number of issues, then production was shut down just days before it was due to finish because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Speaking to Radio Times about the circumstances surrounding the shoot, Jenna said: “It got to the point where our crew called it ‘the Serpent curse’ and went to the temples to get it lifted.
"We were finishing shooting in Kanit House [Sobhraj’s apartment complex] just before it was going to be demolished, and Tahar said: ‘What else can go wrong?’"
"That night coronavirus was on the news. We had four days in Bangkok then Karachi, Bombay and Paris left to shoot.
"I don’t even know how they came up with this, but we ended up shooting the rest in Tring in Hertfordshire.
"My last scene of the whole mad, wild journey was my hand just ringing a doorbell in Tring. I thought, ‘This cannot be how it ends.’"
The show's director Tom Shankland previously spoke about the challenges faced on the shoot, revealing: "We had an amazing cast and wonderful international crew.
“So despite the insane Bangkok traffic, shooting in the rainy season – one scene was probably reshot four times – weekly catastrophes and the small matter of a global pandemic, there was never a day when I lost faith in or passion for what we were doing.”
Tom added that the chaotic nature of the shoot may have actually been a blessing in disguise.
He explained: "In some ways, the rollercoaster ride of the shoot created energy and shot of raw real life that fired into the scenes."
The Serpent airs on Sunday, February 14 at 9pm on BBC One, with all episodes available now on BBC iPlayer.
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