In The Stand, Nadine Cross and Randall Flagg have a very… special relationship. He, a unique kind of supernatural evil, first reached out to her when she was young, and once he got his claws in they stayed buried – and the grip only tightens as the world falls apart following the Captain Trips outbreak. Audiences have seen this poisonous bond start to grow in the new CBS All Access adaptation, the characters respectively played by Amber Heard and Alexander Skarsgard, and the former had nothing but great things to say about her scene partner when discussing their roles during an interview last month.
Participating in a roundtable interview with Amber Heard last month during the virtual press day for The Stand, I took the opportunity to ask about take on Nadine’s relationship with The Dark Man and her experience working with Alexander Skarsgard. Without giving too much away, she credited a lot of the authenticity of the material on screen to her costar, saying,
The temptation of Randall Flagg was something that Amber Heard clearly thought a lot about in the making of The Stand, and she didn’t hold back when it came to analyzing what it is about the character that makes him work as such an effective antagonist – both in the new streaming series and in Stephen King’s original novel.
As noted by the actor, Randall Flagg isn’t some kind of horned demon who instills fear through chaotic violence. Instead, he not only looks like a human, but plays on what is arguably the most human aspects of his targets: their flaws. He seduces people by appealing to their most craven instincts, and encourages not the emotional low road, but the emotional easy road. Said Heard,
Randall Flagg’s seduction approach varies from target to target, as seen over the course of both Stephen King’s The Stand and new adaptation, because different things appeal to different people. Above all else, though, he is charismatic, and that’s what Amber Heard finds “genius” about the portrayal by Alexander Skarsgard. She continued:
Amber Heard further explained that it’s the captivating nature of Randall Flagg and Alexander Skarsgard that makes the character sinister. When he’s putting life’s options on the table, he makes it hard for you to not take the long road to his slowly growing kingdom in Las Vegas:
At this point in The Stand miniseries, audiences have really only seen Randall Flagg as a background player – which is very much in line with the structure of the book – but that’s going to change a great deal in the weeks ahead. Flagg’s role is only going to get bigger and bigger in the second half of the adaptation, and that very much includes further developments in his relationship with Nadine.
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