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May 11, 2014

Josh Hartnett buys into TV, ‘Penny Dreadful’ series

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LOS ANGELES —

The not-so-good doctor isn’t the only familiar fictional character in “Penny Dreadful”: Dorian Gray, dropping by from Oscar Wilde’s novel, is part of the macabre world that writer Logan said was inspired by a childhood love of monsters.

“I didn’t want to just write a Frankenstein story or a Dracula story or a Dorian Gray,” he told a news conference. “That’s why I created the characters that Eva and Josh played to be the centerpiece of the story, because I wanted a fictional story” that was fresh for viewers.

Like the actor who plays him, Ethan faces a difficult but potentially rewarding journey — albeit with much gore added.

“He seems to be a man with a death wish. And what happens in this series, no matter how dark, how messed up, it gives him reason to live,” Hartnett said.

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