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'American Vandal': How LeBron James, YouTube, and Literal Experts Led to Season 2's Powerful Ending

 
 
 
'American Vandal': How LeBron James, YouTube, and Literal Experts Led to Season 2's Powerful Ending

What’s the key to crafting an effective close to an eight-part season, one that not only delivers a logical conclusion to its central mystery while delivering an insightful message about all the players involved?

As the team behind “American Vandal” can attest — having now done it twice — part of the secret is finding the best possible people to be in front of the camera

“It’s very important to us to not stunt cast because we don’t want faces to take us out of the world, but when you get into actual casting, it really just does become who had the best audition and who’s the most real,” series co-creator Tony Yacenda told IndieWire. “That’s what DeRon [Horton] and Taylor Dearden and Travis Tope did. These were people who we felt were the most honest version of the characters. The most important thing is to get the best actors.”

While the core ensemble of Season 2 may have had a few more recognizable faces than the Hanover High crew, they were still able to identify the reality of their circumstances underneath the “Turd Burglar” intrigue. Tope, as St. Bernardine misfit Kevin McLean, puts a human face to the consequences of bullying. Meanwhile, Melvin Gregg’s performance as DeMarcus Tillman helps illuminate a struggle that many student-athletes face: being commoditized, lauded, and put above reproach in relation to the rest of the student body.

Source: indiewire.com
 
 
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