'Snowfall' Star Damson Idris Said He Suffered Nightmares After Looking to the Devil for Inspiration

British actor Damson Idris said he suffered from nightmares after he decided to look to the devil for some inspiration to help with his 'Snowfall' character Franklin Saint.

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In an appearance on an actors roundtable for The Hollywood Reporter, Damson Idris said he looked to the Devil for inspiration for his role in Snowfall and suffered nightmares as a result.

"In this last season I was hitting a block, I was like, 'Oh I'm not doing it right,'" he shared around the 9:50 point of the chat above. "I went in the corner and then I was looking at the wall, and I was like, 'Come on Devil, come on Devil. Come to me, come to me. I had to do something, like, crazy. [I] had nightmares for a month. ... I had nightmares every day. I just felt that energy, and I had to pray and do all of this stuff to get rid of it. You know, you call your mum up, and you're like, 'Bring me back to life.' That stuff is real, that stuff is really is real."

Idris portrayed Franklin Saint in the acclaimed FX crime drama. His character is a drug kingpin who is responsible for producing and distributing crack cocaine in South Central Los Angeles, but the sixth and final season of Snowfall sees his character go to increasingly dark places as he continues to fall from the top of the criminal underworld.

Succession star Kieran Culkin echoed Idris' sentiments about acting sometimes impacting his personal life, and shared that he had trouble sleeping after some of his work. The conversation came up after Evan Peters talked about taking on the role of infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer for the Netflix series Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story. Peters admitted that playing such an evil character proved difficult for him.

Jeff Bridges later circled back to Idris' comments about praying, and said he would often pray before a "big scene."

Watch the full interview with the actors above.

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