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Hollywood, which was released on Netflix yesterday (1 May) is a new limited series from Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan.
The official synopsis from Netflix offers: "Hollywood follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it in Tinseltown - no matter the cost.
"Each character offers a unique glimpse behind the gilded curtain of Hollywood's Golden Age, spotlighting the unfair systems and biases across race, gender and sexuality that continue to this day."
Parsons plays Henry Willson, a character based on the real-life talent scout of the same name, who was known for being a fairly unpleasant person.
In short, it's a far cry from the role Parsons is most famous for - that of The Big Bang Theory's Sheldon Cooper - meaning some fans have been left feeling a little uneasy.
One person tweeted: "Never thought I'd be scared of Jim Parsons but here we are."
A second said: "#Hollywood on #Netflix is absolutely fantastic! Jim Parsons' as agent Henry Wilson is such a disgusting a** but he is oh so good! Must see!"
Oh my god Jim Parsons is so terrifying as an agent in #hollywoodnetflix
- Michelle Nation (@michellenation) April 25, 2020
I think i'll never stop thinking ab how amazingly jim parsons portrayed henry bc i was truly scared of him most of the time and somehow i feel sorry for him too, idk if that makes sense so
- Alexa; (@Bwaysettos) May 2, 2020
Someone else said they felt Parsons 'plays such a convincing creep', while another commented: "Holy s*** Jim Parsons is scary in this #HollywoodNetflix."
Speaking to Vulture about his new role, Parsons explained he wasn't worried about going from such a light-hearted comic role to someone quite so 'out-there'.
He said: "I didn't have any hesitation, but it wasn't so much the character as it was working with Ryan.
"He said, 'I'd like to ask you to do something. I promise it's a character unlike any you've played before.' And he was right.
"Working with Ryan, he's really good about building a sturdy sandbox to try things in, never mind the fact that he has an uncanny ability to match actors to material and roles that most other people, including the actors themselves, would not have seen."
Parsons also said there was a pretty extensive physical transformation that was required for his turn as Henry Willson, which was one that helped get him into character.
He continued: "They had to put on this bald head, and then put thinning hair over that. Then I had on these brown contacts and these fake teeth.
"It ended up being an important part of my process. I felt, in a wonderful way, not fully myself. That was very helpful, especially with some of the nastier things that I had to do. I felt a nice lack of responsibility. I knew that it wasn't me."
Hollywood is available to watch on Netflix now.
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