Natasha Lyonne describes the previous works that inspired her “just can’t stand” character type in Rian Johnson’s Poker Face, including The Dude.


Natasha Lyonne describes the inspiration for her Poker face Grade. Known for her comedic roles such as Nadia in Russian dollLyonne plays protagonist Charlie Cade in the upcoming Peacock series, a casino worker who can tell when people are lying in hopes of solving some mysteries. Poker face is created by Glass onion: A Knives Out Mystery director Rian Johnson, who will also direct two of the series’ ten episodes.


A week after the show’s release, Johnson tells how Russian doll led to Lyonne’s casting, while Lyonne gives more details about her Poker face Grade. In an interview with THR, Lyonne revealed that her character drew inspiration from several classic works. These include Gene Hackman i Night movie and The Big Lebowski‘s The Dude, synthesized to create a character. Lyonne elaborates below:

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“A lot of what I talk to myself when I’m walking through the streets is usually thinking, ‘if Elliot Gould could get away with this so can I’… I think I’m in my Gene Hackman Night Moves era, just solidly middle aged, back leg Lebowski, Jeff Bridges, The Dude – someone who kind of takes it easy but just can’t stand bullsh*t, sees the truth and sees the lie and has to go with it until the end because they love a puzzle too much not to.”

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Who is Charlie Cale in Poker Face?

Charlie smiles strangely in Poker Face trailer

If Lyonne’s words and the Poker face trailer is an indication Charlie Cale could prove to be quite the compelling lead in the mystery series. That Poker face trailer reveals Charlie as a casino worker who ends up getting her into trouble. Charlie is targeted by a crime boss and ends up going on the run. However, as mysterious murders seem to be popping up all around her, Charlie Cale can’t resist the urge to investigate the murky territory of the murders happening around her.

Lyonne’s description does Poker faceCharlie is all the more exciting. Through her experience in shows like Russian doll and Orange is the new blackand even back to her But I’m a Cheerleader Today, Lyonne has proven her ability to play unusual characters in high-stakes situations. It’s also not surprising that Johnson would choose to create a character that pays homage to classic “just can’t stand bullsh*t” types of characters. Knives out, actually played on classic whodunit styles, albeit combining them in new ways with unique characters like Benoit Blanc. With Johnson’s background in whodunit from Knives out and Glass onion: A Knives Out Mystery and Lyonne’s experience with mysticism allowed it an opportunity to create Poker face, which has a mysterious comedy aura.

Everything we know about Poker Face

Lil Rel Howery in Poker Face wearing a cowboy hat

Lyonne and Johnson aren’t the only exciting things about Poker face. The Peacock series will also feature a host of celebrity guest appearances, including Adrien Brody, Joseph Gordon-Leavitt, Lil Rey Howery, Chloë Sevigny, Tim Meadows, Benjamin Bratt, Hong Chau, Ron Perlman, Stephanie Hsu and Luis Guzmán. This stunt casting will mimic Johnson’s approach with Knives out and Glass onion. Whose Poker face is any indication, the show will also take on a similar style as Knives out. The first four episodes of Poker face out on Peacock on January 26th, which hopes to be another big mystery hit for Lyonne and Johnson in their collaboration.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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