‘Westworld’ Star Jimmi Simpson Says Ed Harris Broke His Finger on Set

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jimmi Simpson and Ed Harris in

Westworld is answering a whole lot of questions in season 3, particularly about Ed Harris’ character, The Man In Black, aka William. In the sixth episode of the season, the present introduced Harris and Jimmi Simpson, who performs the younger William collectively to relate the character’s backstory. But throughout filming, Harris apparently broke Simpson’s finger. 

[Spoiler alert: This article accommodates spoilers for Westworld Season 3, Episode 6.]

Jimmi Simpson and Ed Harris in 'Westworld'
Jimmi Simpson and Ed Harris in ‘Westworld’

What occurred on this eye-opening episode of ‘Westworld’?

Episode 6, titled “Decoherence,” introduced The Man in Black (Ed Harris) again into the highlight. He was left at a psychiatric rehab facility by Charlotte (Tessa Thompson), aka Charlores, underneath the course of Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood). But whereas there, he continues to have hallucinations — some about his daughter Emily (Katja Herbers) and a few about his childhood.

During a remedy session, after he lashes out and bites one of many attendants, The Man in Blak is sedated and put to sleep in his room. But whereas he’s drugged, he has visions of his previous. Ultimately, he sees varied variations of himself all through the years sitting round in a circle, questioning how he ended up the way in which he’s. 

One of these variations is William (Jimmi Simpson), the younger man who fell in love with Dolores in season 1. But when his reminiscences reveal that he was a violent youngster, The Man in Black realizes he must kill each different model of himself with a purpose to put his demons to relaxation. Before he wakes, The Man in Black brutally assaults and kills all of his iterations, together with William.

How Ed Harris broke Jimmi Simpson’s finger throughout filming

In an interview with ET, Simpson discussed what it was like filming the battle scene with Harris. “It was a brilliant thing to behold,” he stated. “They had it worked out so beautifully and Ed Harris, he’s one of my favorite actors of all time. He’s that die-hard theater professional who, you’ll never see someone more prepared than Ed Harris. So, he’d come in and I think it was over two days, play himself, but four times.”

The actor additionally expressed how dedicated Harris was to the scene, and the way he didn’t maintain again any punches. But in all of the chaos, Simpson stated his finger was by chance damaged. 

“I didn’t even tell him this, because I didn’t realize for two weeks, but after he gets done kicking my a**, Ed Harris is exhausted because he has given his all to this eradication of this young version of himself,” he stated. “And so he’s just beating him silly. He got off of me and landed on my finger. Unfortunately, my pinky was sticking up and I broke my pinky that day.”

Simpson advised the outlet that he didn’t inform Harris what occurred as a result of he didn’t need to interrupt the move of the scene. “I didn’t tell him because I didn’t want to throw him off and make him frightened to come at me hard again,” he added. “I went to the physician, and I had damaged my pinky clear. I had no thought, however that’s the factor with Westworld, with Ed Harris — you get so sucked in. I used to be so, so deeply into the scene that I didn’t discover, and it simply actually interprets too, huh? It seems nice.”

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