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Director of Persuasion Praises Henry Golding as ‘Brilliant’ Performance

Henry Golding says he “just had fun playing the role,” of William Elliot in the Netflix series adaptation of Jane Austen’s ‘Persuasion.’



It appears that Henry Golding’s latest role as Mr. Nice Guy is his final one.

In an interview with Town & Country, the 35-year-old actor said he “could just have fun” playing William Elliot in Netflix’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

There have already been many Elliots, so it’s about staying true to our script and bringing a fresh perspective on how Elliot should be.” Because of this, playing such a vibrant character was more fun for me,” Golding explained.

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Casting director Carrie Cracknell was convinced to use Crazy Rich Asians actor Henry Golding because of Golding’s “brilliant” perspective on the character.

she said. “It just felt like such a fresh thing for a Jane Austen story to me that Henry had this incredible combination of charisma, intelligence, confidence, and humor.” My conversation with him was fantastic, and he was excited about the prospect of playing Mr. Elliot.

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It was his description of the hero as a “Regency f—boy,” which I found to be hilarious. “There was something about Henry’s self-assurance and sharp wit that felt like he could make Mr. Elliot a real contender,” Cracknell, 42, went on to describe.


With Dakota Johnson and Cosmo Jarvis, Golding is one of the stars of Cracknell’s Persuasion, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s final novel, published in 1817. Nikki Amuka-Bird and Richard E. Grant round out the cast.

It was a dream come true for the Malaysian-born actor to play Mr. Elliot, the blunt opportunist who isn’t afraid to tell his distant cousin, Anne (Johnson), about his plans to inherit the family fortune.

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I don’t think he’s as hard to understand as we make him out to be.” The universe will be bent to his will because he is one of those people who knows exactly what he wants. This character has a specific goal in mind and will do anything to achieve it—or at the very least, he’ll do anything for his prospective target’s sake. When I learned that the character wouldn’t end up with the lady, it made me happy. “That sounds like a lot of fun.”


Netflix has made Persuasion available for viewing right now.