Based on true life events, the Act television series will make you come to speed with the in-workings of human thoughts and actions. The Act, is an American true-events crime series, which aired on March 20, 2019. In its first outing, it related the life of Gypsy Blanchard and Dee Dee Blanchard (her mother). With roles by Patricia Arquette and Joey King portraying Dee Dee and Gypsy Blanchard, the script depicts moments when Dee Dee Blanchard “fakes” disabilities and illness for Gypsy (Munchausen syndrome) all in a bid to facilitate false (but poignant) conceptions towards her daughter.
The scripts screens hard and trying moments of a child. From childhood, all her life, Gypsy has been confined to the wheel chair; a state further “worsened” by her overprotective mother. To overcome the overbearing mother, she rebels at everything her mother stands for. With her mother’s abusive tendencies, the relationship between the pair further turns sour as Gypsy discovers that all she had believed about her health were façade – a well thought-out lies. To confirm if all she knew about her health were true or otherwise, Gypsy instantly goes against the words of her darling mother as she consumes sugary substance (from cupcakes) and to her utmost dismay, no health complications occurred.
These series of lies followed with suspicion from the medical community as doctors reached out to other hospitals in order to discover true nature of Gypsy’s health. Young and exuberant, her sexual drive peaks and she sets out on a journey that further exposes her supposed health challenges to be pure lies; this certainly puts her in terrible light with her mother. Her exposure to the outer world ushers in more challenges with regards to men; her mother and “double-life”. By intent, she meets (from a dating site) and falls in love with Nick who eventually helped to kill her mother.
Regardless of the low buzz it generates, the Act series is indeed one with a strong and well scripted story line in its genre. The series is also trailed with controversy bordering on infringements. In 2019, (real) Gypsy Blanchard threatened to take legal actions against “the Act” and its creator. While incarcerated, she explained it was unprofessional for the director to use her story and actual name without her permission. The disagreement may be lingering but the story piece – although adapted from true events; truly resonates with many individuals including critics and award faculties.
In terms of nomination, Joey King and Patricia Arquette were both nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress and Outstanding Supporting Actress at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards respectively. You will agree with me that the series and its story line is quite unique, but how much do you really know of this movie? The blue button below will take you to “The Act” movie quiz to test your knowledge.