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The show filmed in real catacombs in Bulgaria.
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The series filmed all ten episodes at once which is very uncommon for TV. The accomplishment of this feat was attributed to the director, Oded Ruskin, as he was able to track all the story lines at once.
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Absentia was an extraordinarily difficult project because all 10 episodes were filmed simultaneously based on location. It was filmed like a movie over three and a half months in the middle of winter.
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The cast for the series is very international, consisting of Bruno Bichir from Mexico, Angel Bonanni from Uruguay, and numerous actors from Britain and America.
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Between takes, the cast would prank each other and have as much fun as possible to balance the dark and heavy tones of the show.
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Patrick McCauley is an English actor, he worked with a dialect coach in Los Angeles to master his American accent. This was also Patrick's first time in America.
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Lethal Weapon references appear in the show. Boston PD officer Tommy responds with his call sign 3 William 56 which was Murtaugh's and Riggs' call sign with the LAPD. Also, the family dog is named Riggs, which was Mel Gibson's character in the Lethal Weapon franchise.
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For this role Stana Katic had to learn new stunts, obstacle sort of situations, like go-karting, and traveling through cold water.
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For the scenes when Neil's character, Jack, is getting drunk, he's mainly drinking water and a couple of glasses of cold tea for whiskey.
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Stana Katic's first leading role since the end of Castle (2009). She filmed Sister Cities (2016) and The Rendezvous (2016) while it was still on the air, and her part in Lost in Florence (2017) is a supporting role, not the lead.
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It's the first-time actress, Cara Theobold has worked with an animal, the Durand family dog. The dog actor is called Bitchbo but he plays Riggs, the family dog. Cara had a great time learning how to make him follow her around the house. The animal handler would give her some squished-up bits of cheese and biscuits, which were the dog's favorites.
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Patrick Heusinger stated, "I'm not really a Method actor at all, but I steal some things from that style of acting - like I have to wake up in the morning with the energy or the emotional state of what's happening, especially in these highly emotional sequences, with it brewing inside of me. Then I have to kind of carry it around all day to a degree so that when it's time and they call 'Action' then you can drop right into it."
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This was Cara Theobold's first professional job where she had to do an American accent.
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Stana Katic has ten award nominations and seven wins - including three People's Choice Awards, a PRISM Award, and three TV Guide Awards.
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Director / Executive Producer Oded Ruskin attended Yoav Gera Sound Engineering School and graduated from Tel Aviv University Film Department.
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When asked about filming in Bulgaria, Patrick Heusinger stated, "I prefer personally shooting in the cold to the heat. When we first arrived, it snowed something like 3ft and it's very beautiful."
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Actor Angel Bonanni had to learn how to handle a weapon for Absentia. He watched documentaries on detectives and cops, doing extensive research to get into character.
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Maria Feldman recently founded her new production company - MASHA Productions. Prior to establishing her own company, Maria co-produced and line produced award-winning features, documentaries and TV series, among them "Intimate Grammar" by Nir Bergman and "Gay Days" by Yair Qedar.
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Stana Katic says she was drawn to the series because she had a rare opportunity to play an antihero, having been a big fan of Cillian Murphy's Thomas Shelby character in Peaky Blinders (2013).
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Both Cara Theobold and Penny Downie had roles in Downton Abbey.
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Stana Katic and Patrick Heusinger, who play ex-spouses, appeared together in the Castle (2009) episode "Castle: Number One Fan (2013)." In the episode, Katic's character, Kate Beckett, investigates a murder eventually revealed to have been committed by Heusinger's character.
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