The Handmaid’s Tale actor Joseph Fiennes reveals which scene he refused to perform
Joseph Fiennes has explained why he refused to perform a certain scene in The Handmaid’s Tale season two.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the actor revealed the season two script originally included a scene in which his character Fred would rape his wife Joy (Yvonne Strahovski).
“I guess in many ways, as abhorrent and nasty and evil as Fred is, I have to defend parts of him,” Fiennes said.
“In episode nine, we had a moment where Fred was going to rape – after meeting Luke [Offred’s husband] – rape Serena in a hotel room straight after, and it just didn’t track for me. I had to go out on a limb and refuse to do it because I felt that even though Fred is who he is, he’s human.”
He continued: “I think that he would be reeling from the interaction with Luke and that suddenly the reality comes face to face with him and he would be digesting that and trying to understand it, and he wouldn’t necessarily be switched on by being in Canada in a new hotel and trying to heavily persuade his wife to do something that she wouldn’t want to do.”
The actor added: “Yvonne had tracked Serena so beautifully that her disenfranchisement with the regime and Fred was so beautifully charted it didn’t need a heavy scene to kind of suddenly push her over the edge.”
The Handmaid’s Tale continues Sunday on Channel 4 at 9pm.