Apple TV’s new show, The Mosquito Coast, is an adaptation of the novel by Paul Theroux, featuring Paul’s nephew, Justin Theroux. We spoke to the actor to learn more about the show and why he joined the project.

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How did you get involved? Did being related help at all?

“I would love to say I was having coffee with my uncle and said, ‘We should really dust off Mosquito Coast and make it into a great TV show!’ But ..."

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I don’t
know if
I was even the first choice.”

JUSTIN THEROUX

We needed a motivating story line, which is the mystery as to why they’re on the run. But it becomes more about this domineering father figure and the flaming hoops he forces his family through.”

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How is the adaptation different from the book?

“I consider myself handy around the house. But I think I’d be in those handcuffs for quite a bit.”

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Your character used a soda can to get free from handcuffs in the second episode...

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