Mindhunter's Jonathan Groff reveals the one time he disagreed with producer David Fincher's vision

The set of Mindhunter seems surprisingly cheerful, in spite of the show’s grim subject matter.

Primetime Emmy Award-winning executive producer David Fincher has created a collaborative environment on-set, which unquestionably made it easier when his star Jonathan Groff had a major creative objection in season one.

During a recent Actors on Actors episode, Jonathan Groff described a favourite scene from the first run where his character, FBI profiler Holden Ford, broke up with his girlfriend Debbie Mitford (Hannah Gross), via Variety.

“I fell in love with this scene where she’s sitting on the porch and I come back,” he remembered. “And I’m like: ‘What’s wrong with you?’ And she says: ‘Well, you’re the profiler. Tell me what’s wrong’.”

He continued: “I kind of profile our breakup. And I thought: ‘This is such a brilliant scene’ because — I don’t know. I’ve never seen a breakup scene where there basically is no fight or breakup. It’s just a person sort of intellectualizing behavior and what’s happening in the breakup.”

The actor was alarmed, then, when he eventually arrived on the Mindhunter set to find that the scene had been cut from the shooting script.

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“I was like: ‘Oh, no’,” he remembered. “And because I think I speak up so rarely — I’m just sort of, ‘yes.’ But that moment really resonated with me. So, we ended up doing that scene in the end.

“It was moving in another direction and it sort of moved back in the direction it was before… It’s hard to pick a thing where you’re like: ‘I don’t agree with [Fincher’s] vision’ because his world and his point of view is so specific. Gosh, I feel like I’m just giving David Fincher a blow-job in this interview!”

Mindhunter has been renewed for a second season by Netflix.

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