‘Dopesick’ Interview: Peter Sarsgaard And John Hoogenakker On Playing Real-Life Figures In The Fight Against Opioids

Peter Sarsgaard and John Hoogenakker may be co-workers in Hulu’s Dopesick but they are definitely friends in real life. The actors play real-life Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rick Mountcastle and Randy Ramseyer, who try to legally take down the Sackler family and Purdue Pharma for their role in the opioid epidemic.

Known for taking socially-conscious roles, Sarsgaard’s passion to find justice for the victims and their families is evident. Though both performers fully immersed themselves in the seriousness of the source material, each bring levity to their roles that are missing from some of the other cast member’s narratives. I talked to them about infusing a sense of humor into the show and the true crime vibes of their storyline.

Watch my interview with Peter Sarsgaard and John Hoogenakker below and catch Dopesick on Hulu now.

A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.