This week, Netflix released Ryan Murphy’s show, Hollywood. Based on true events, the show is all about dreams coming true and making big in Tinseltown. However, a refreshing surprise was seeing Jim Parsons as Henry Willson which is a complete opposite of Sheldon Cooper. Sheldon Cooper was a popular character in The Big Bang Theory.
Revolving around a group of revolutionary youngsters, Hollywood is all about changing the norm
Created by Ryan Murphy, the show depicts the Hollywood of post-World War II. Although it’s based on true events and people, most of the story is fictional. Just like his other show, Ryan Murphy has an incredible ensemble cast. It includes David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Laura Harrier, Joe Mantello, Dylan McDermott, Jake Picking, Jeremy Pope, Holland Taylor, Samara Weaving, Jim Parsons, and Patti LuPone. Unlike real Hollywood of that era, the show is all about creating new opportunities. Throughout the show, the characters are seen breaking barriers and choosing their own route. While some characters, like Jim Parson’s Henry Willson, are based on real people, others are included to fit this interesting take on Hollywood.
Comparison of Jim Parson’s character, Sheldon Cooper and Henry Willson
Before starring in this show, Jim Parson played Sheldon Cooper on The Big Band Theory for 12 seasons. According to him:
‘Ryan approached me at a time in my life and career where I was honestly clueless what was next or what I wanted to do. It was only a few months after Big Bang had ended. I’m not going to tell you what I was looking for, because I didn’t know. ‘I thought I’d know it when I saw it. And then Ryan comes along, and that’s all I need to know.’
While Jim Parson’s Sheldon Cooper is a nerdy physicist who reads comics and watches Star Wars, Henry Willson is based on an actual person. Where Sheldon Cooper is straight-forward and highly intelligent, Henry Willson is sleazy and arrogant. Although Cooper comes off as mean, stubborn and childish, he does not intend to hurt anyone. Despite having these qualities, he is a softy at heart and would never intentionally take advantage of anyone. Whereas Henry Willson does not take other’s feelings into account, he knows how to get his way and is never sorry for doing others’ dirty. While Copper shows empathy and helps people in unexpected ways, Willson only thinks about how he can benefit from someone.
Where it takes Cooper many seasons to develop any kind of intimate relationship with Amy, Willson demands sexual favors from Rock Hudson on their first meeting. Moreover, Willson is homosexual. However, there is one similarity between Jim Parson’s characters. They both are incredibly hardworking and take their jobs seriously.
Tell us in comments what it would be like if these two characters met?