BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 14: Paul Walter Hauser attends The 2nd Annual HCA TV Awards: Streaming at The Beverly Hilton on August 14, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
TV - Movies
The Black Bird
Episode That Left
Paul Walter
Hauser In Tears
THIS STORY CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR the entire series of "Black Bird."


While actor Paul Walter Hauser has played his share of criminals over the years — from the dimwitted accomplice in "I, Tonya" to his good-natured grifter role in "Cruella" — he's never gone as far down a dark path as he does in "Black Bird.” Ultimately, playing the haunting role of Larry Hall led Hauser to reevaluate his life and make some significant changes.
In a recent interview, Hauser said that playing Larry Hall left him shaken, mainly as he filmed the fifth and sixth episodes of the series. However, he admitted the real tipping point came when watching the final episode and he was overcome with emotion.
Hauser recalled, "When I watched it for the first time with Dennis Lehane, I left his house and had to call my sponsor and my therapist. I was just crying. I didn't know why I was crying. [...] It scared me like, 'Am I a bad person for inhabiting that? Am I evil? Am I ugly, and disgusting, and cruel?' It's hard to look at."