Will Poulter doesn’t play your typical pharmaceutical rep in Hulu’s upcoming miniseries Dopesick. Sure, his Billy is first enticed by the money and the prestige, but he also truly believes the Oxycontin he is selling for Purdue Pharma is helping patients.
Of course, if you’ve been following the opioid crisis in the last 10 years, you know that Purdue and the Sackler family lied to everyone about the drug’s addictive qualities through false advertising and lies. Dopesick follows the lives of the all involved in the crisis from the patients, to the doctors, to the legal and federal agencies trying to regulate it, to the Sackler family, to Billy’s sales rep side.
I had the chance to sit down with Poulter to discuss his role in Dopesick, how the show holds those in power accountable and what is was like working with the great Michael Keaton.
Dopesick is available on Hulu now.
Note: This interview was conducted before Marvel’s announcement that Poulter has been cast as Adam Warlock in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.