AMC+’s ‘Rogue Agent’ is the story of aMan who can manipulate people into believing his lies. Hetries to disguise himself as aThree college students are recruited to spy on him and help him keep his eye. onThe college is home to the members of IRA. OneNightmare, he flies away with them all, claiming that their cover was blown and that the IRA is. onTheir tails. TheStory picks back up aSeveral decades later, with a solicitor named Alice ArcherHe fell for his lies. DirectedBy Declan Lawn Adam PattersonThe film spins such an idea a fascinating story of lies and control that one can’t help but wonder if aYou could also learn from real life stories like this. If you are thinking about the same, then we’ve got your back. Here’s what you should know about the film.
Is Rogue Agent Based on True Events?
Yes, ‘Rogue Agent’ is based onThe true crimes of conmans Robert Freegard. TheFilm uses Michael Bronner’s unpublished article, ‘Chasing Agent Freegard’ as its source material. TheFilm begins in 1993 and ends with over aDecade of Freegard’s actions taken into account. InHe was also active in real life during these years. In 1993, FreegardThree college students, one man and two ladies, believed he was working for MI5 so he kidnapped them and convinced them that they were being pursued by the IRA. HeHe kept the ruse going for the next years, where he used them to extort their families of money. He also convinced them to end their ties.
He also “trained” the students, moving them through “safe houses”. HeThey had sexual relations with both women and one of them had their children. InHe convinced in the 2000s. a solicitor, Caroline CowperHe told her his spy story and borrowed large amounts of money from her. HeShe was also engaged to her, but she disappeared before the wedding could be held. SometimeLater, he was awarded an American psychologist, Kimberley AdamsHe took her into his trap, and made her ask for money from her family to help her get the secret service job.
InThe film, we see Gemma Arterton’s Alice Archer chasing after Freegard. InReal life Adams’ family was also involved in catching FreegardHe was found after months of surveillance that led to the cops bringing him to their attention. London Heathrow airport where he’d arrived to get money from Adams’ mother.
WhenActor James Norton, who also plays FreegardHe saw the story in the film and knew he wanted to get involved. ForHe relied on the help of others for both the film and the preparation of the role. on Bronner’s heavily researched article with victims’ accounts. The filmmakers didn’t directly speak to the victims to be respectfulThis is them and not to drag them through the horrifying ordeal they’d been through.
AsFor Freegard, NortonThis suggests that there may have been some communication on his part. “IfYou are a narcissist orThis is the kind of manipulator/control freak that FreegardYou can see that it is, and you will hear it in the trades. aYou are being made into a movie. What do you do? I’m sure you try and ingratiate yourself with that movie. SoThere were aThere were many moments when aA few producers dropped the phone [and said] “I think I might have just been speaking to Robert Freegard. How bizarre.” SoThese were quite chilling. But no, we haven’t had any direct contact with him, and I don’t think we would really want to either,” he said.
WhileThis is the story of a conman and how his actions destroyed many lives, for the directors of the film, it wasn’t FreegardThey wanted to be the main focus of the film. ItWas Alice Archer. Through her, they wanted to represent all the people that’d fallen into Freegard’s trap, focusing onHow he used the situation to make the most intelligent people fall for his trap. “She’s aAmazing and smart character SoThis man and this woman are yours aWe thought cat-and-mouse chase was a good idea in real life. aWonderful story. It was right up our street,” said co-director Declan Lawn. “WhatWe found equally fascinating what makes people fall for their charms. Our film sets out to say that it’s not aCase of aMaster conman aMany idiots. It’s aCase of a guy who is so good at what he does in terms of manipulation, that anyone could fall under his spell,” he added.
RatherInstead of focusing on the crimes, they chose to take the story in the direction that would show the resilience of the people who’d fallen victim to him. “SheShe gets up and helps bring him down at the end. That’s why it interested us; not so much the fascination with the mysterious conman but how people manage to recover when they end up meeting someone like this,” said Lawn.
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