‘Dopesick’ Interview: Will Poulter Talks Working With Michael Keaton On The Hulu Miniseries

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. 

Cortland Jacoby
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.