Joshua Jackson doesn't think fans would want to see a Dawson's Creek reunion

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    Joshua Jackson doesn’t think fans would want to see a Dawson’s Creek reunion: ‘Nobody needs to hear Pacey grunting when he gets out of a chair’


    After HBO Max’s successful Friends reunion, fans have started clamoring for more reunion specials for their beloved shows.

    One show that fans have discussed is Dawson’s Creek, which helped launch the careers of four young stars – Joshua Jackson, Katie Holmes, James Van Der Beek and Michelle Williams.

    Jackson was promoting his new series Dr. Death in an interview with The Guardian, when he was asked about the possibility of a Friends-style reunion with the Dawson’s Creek cast, which he didn’t think fans would want to see.

    Joshua speaks: After HBO Max's successful Friends reunion, fans have started clamoring for more reunion specials for their beloved shows

    Joshua speaks: After HBO Max’s successful Friends reunion, fans have started clamoring for more reunion specials for their beloved shows

    ‘I think because the Friends cast were already adults when they were doing the show, it’s less jarring to see them now,’ Jackson said. 

    ‘If you put our mid-40s selves together on a couch now, with our creaking backs, it might shock people,’ he added. 

    ‘Nobody needs to hear Pacey grunting when he gets out of a chair,’ the 43-year-old actor joked.

    Jarring: 'I think because the Friends cast were already adults when they were doing the show, it’s less jarring to see them now,' Jackson said

    Jarring: ‘I think because the Friends cast were already adults when they were doing the show, it’s less jarring to see them now,’ Jackson said

    Jackson was 20 when he was cast as Pacey Witter on Dawson’s Creek, which ran for six seasons between 1998 and 2003.

    He would go on to star in hit shows such as Fringe, The Affair and, most recently, Little Fires Everywhere.

    He currently plays Texas neurosurgeon Christopher Duntsch, who was convicted in 2017 of intentionally maiming his patients, in the new Peacock series Dr. Death.

    Pacey: Jackson was 20 when he was cast as Pacey Witter on Dawson's Creek, which ran for six seasons between 1998 and 2003

    Pacey: Jackson was 20 when he was cast as Pacey Witter on Dawson’s Creek, which ran for six seasons between 1998 and 2003

    When asked if he was familiar with the doctor, he said he wasn’t, though it didn’t take him long to catch up.

    ‘(Writer and showrunner) Patrick Macmanus gave me a broad overview of Duntsch’s story, then said: “Go listen to the podcast so you understand who we’re dealing with.” I binged the whole thing in a day,’  Jackson said.

    ‘I found myself not only gripped by the story but the question of how this man happened, how he became so troubled and dark. A pit opened up in my stomach, but it was way too good to pass up,’ he added.

    Doctor: When asked if he was familiar with the doctor, he said he wasn't, though it didn't take him long to catch up

    Doctor: When asked if he was familiar with the doctor, he said he wasn’t, though it didn’t take him long to catch up

    It also marks one of the first times in his lengthy career that he’s played a villainous character like he plays in Dr. Death.

    ‘I’ve played flawed characters before, but never anything close to this. We didn’t want to turn Duntsch into a moustache-twirling bad guy,’ Jackson added. 

    ‘It’s more compelling and truer to real life if the audience empathize with him at times. You glimpse pieces of humanity in him and go: “Gosh, did he really do this stuff? He couldn’t possibly. He doesn’t seem that bad.” But eventually it’s undeniable,’ Jackson continued. 

    ‘None of us is completely evil or completely good. We’re all fascinating, complex creatures. Duntsch is no different. It’s a case of finding sympathy for the devil,’ he said.

    Villain:  It also marks one of the first times in his lengthy career that he's played a villainous character like he plays in Dr. Death

    Villain:  It also marks one of the first times in his lengthy career that he’s played a villainous character like he plays in Dr. Death

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