Irish-American actress Ireland Baldwin, 24, extended an extended personal apology to the lead actor in Netflix’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Victorian-era Great Expectations. The young actress, who has repeatedly asserted that she feels the series is an inaccurate portrayal of her family, told an Irish newspaper that her father Alec Baldwin and mother Kim Basinger were OK with her non-support of the series.
“Because of my heritage, I felt they needed to show my family accurately,” she told the Sunday World. “I totally understand what they’re feeling and I have no problem with it. I know my dad, you simply don’t do that.”
She continued: “There’s not enough respect in what they’re doing. We’re getting lumped into this whole Netflix thing and they’re using Alec, Kim and my father’s name.”
Ireland Baldwin’s criticism of the series and her father has been a prominent issue both for fans and for the show’s creators, Cary Fukunaga and Jeremy Brock. In a post-mortem last month, Mark Harris, the author of the play on which the miniseries is based, called the show “excessive” and said that the films “present no equivalent contribution from Ireland to the Great Expectations narrative,” while Cahir O’Doherty of the Sunday Tribune criticized the liberties taken with “many of Dickens’s beloved characters” and argued that the show’s portrayal of Ireland was a “farce.”
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