As has been reported just about everywhere, things are all going a bit helter skelter for Australian actor Damon Herriman. The 48 year old, best known for his five year stint as hapless Kentucky crim Dewey Crowe in the brilliant Justified, has been picked by Quentin Tarantino to play cult leader Charles Manson in the none-more-anticipated Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Herriman joins a burgeoning ensemble of notable names, including fellow Aussie Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate, Leonardo DiCaprio (whom he previously acted opposite in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar), Brad Pitt, Burt Reynolds, Damian Lewis, Emile Hirsch, Luke Perry, Al Pacino, Dakota Fanning, Clifton Collins Jr., Tim Roth, Kurt Russell, Michael Madsen, and on and on and on… even fellow Justified alumnus Timothy Olyphant is cropping up in an unspecified role.
Indeed, most of the roles are unspecified at this juncture – the script is under tight wraps, so the degree to which Herriman’s Charlie features is a mystery. Still, this is a great bit of casting – Herriman is an absolute weapon of a performer, having turned his hand to comedy (The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide to Knife Fighting, The Little Death), drama (The Water Diviner, The Square), sci-fi (Incorporated – and you should get onto that), horror (House of Wax, 100 Bloody Acres) and all points in between. Manson’s just another feather in a cap that is basically a war bonnet now, albeit a fairly big one.