David Harbour, who plays Sheriff Hopper in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, has revealed that he originally thought the sci-fi horror series was going to be a failure. While Stranger Things received a massively positive reception with an enormous fan base, leading up to that, Harbour was genuinely scared that it would not turn out, and that it would end up being another bump in the road on his resume.
It's no secret that Stranger Things has become the biggest hit under David Harbour's belt. While he has been in a number of other big projects, very few of the projects managed to receive the same positive reception, including Suicide Squad, The Green Hornet, and A Walk Among The Tombstones. Dragged down by this series of swings and misses in his acting history, Harbour revealed in a WTF Podcast that he expected Stranger Things to end up the same way. Here's what he had to say.
"When we were shooting it, about four episodes in, I thought 'Yeah, no one's going to watch this.' I thought, you know, 'I'm not good, and it's not good.' And it didn't help that, we were all working hard, but we were in a bubble. I just thought it was like, you know, in a long line of failures... I had grown very cynical. But so this was one of those opportunities where my expectations were really low... And so before it came out, I was scared."
This response is understandable, as many actors tend to feel this way when working on a new, risky project that isn't part of a franchise or done by a well known filmmaker. Harbour went on to recount the weeks leading up to the release of Stranger Things, and how he became even more worried about how well it would turn out.
"And then, I was actually doing a play with a guy who was on a very successful TV show. And before it came out, like three weeks before it came out, there were no ads in New York. No ads on buses, nothing. And then a week before it came out, no ads anywhere. I talked to [the actor] and was like 'There's no ads. Is that a bad sign?' And he was like 'They're burying it. They're trying to bury it.' And I was like 'Oh my god. My one f**king shot, and they're burying my show.' And then it came out, and it was like a zeitgeist. They claim now that they did it on purpose, where people claim ownership over it because they discover it and then they tell their friends. And it is kind of brilliant, when you think about it, if that is the case."
Almost two years after the release of the first season of Stranger Things, it's safe to say that David Harbour had no reason to worry. The series has certainly become a hit, becoming one of Netflix's most successful properties. Regardless, David Harbour's experience that he revealed on the WTF Podcast is interesting to hear. Certainly no one expected Stranger Things to become the hit that it is today, not even Sheriff Hopper himself.