Cancer documentary was late actor’s last project

20 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Edward Herrmann Narrated PBS’ ‘Cancer’ Docu As His Final Project – TCA.

The statistics cited by PBS’s Sharon Rockefeller are staggering: In our lifetime, she says, one in two men, one in three women, and one in 300 children will get some form of cancer.

Edward Hermann’s last project was narrating a three part, six-hour documentary on cancer for PBS, Cancer: the Emperor Of All Maladies, which is presented by Ken Burns. The actor was able to work that day, but explained to explain to the docu’s team that he was suffering from terminal brain cancer. “We decided we could go forward,” Goodman said. “he was confident he could do this, and he felt it…appropriate it would be his final project.” While Hermann was receiving some new forms of treatment, he and his wife “I think were reconciled to the fact he wasn’t going to make it,” Goodman said. “He did a magnificent job…I can’t tell you how hard he pushed to get this right.” Burns got asked why he did not direct this docu, which is being marketed as a “Ken Burns Presents” three-parter, debuting March 30. He said he’d been too bush, ticking off projects he had going at the time the book on which the docu is based was brought to him: Dust Bowl, Central Park Five, Gettysburg Address, Prohibition, etc. And an on-going subject: While the film was being made, new advances in immunotherapy were taking place. “It’s sort of a roller coaster of emotions, a roller coaster of discoveries,” says Burns, who praises Goodman for having “wrestled all that to the ground.” It’s a string of false dawns, inflated hopes and failures, Burns says, but many of those failures led to great breakthroughs. “This should be an edge-of-the-seat story,” says Mukherjee. “Can we use the power of reason to solve one of the most elementary mysteries of cellular biology?” What will it take to solve that mystery? He corrected the TV critic who called it the first instance of Burns “presenting” something he had not directed, saying he did similarly in the mid-90’s, with The West.” Journalists were surprised to see Terrence Howard at the Q&A – he appeared in a video that opened the session, talking about his mother’s cancer.

Howard has been a presence at this tour, what with his starring in Fox’s new Wayward Pines and Empire – and taking questions about the various women who’ve accused him of assault over the years at the Empire Q&A. And if you think we already devote a lot of money to the NIH, the CDC and other government research outlets, Mukherjee says their combined budgets don’t equal the money we spent on air-conditioning for the Gulf War. It’s a new role for Burns, but it’s one he plans to embrace. “I think you’ll see, I’ll continue to do my own work, but there will be lot’s of other situations where I’m stepping back to be an executive producer and helping to make things grow.”

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