Death Note star Nat Wolff on challenges of live-action adaptation

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Syfy Wire Staff
Aug 25, 2017

Nat Wolff knows that adapting Death Note for live-action American audiences is a risky proposition, but he thinks it's worth it because they made it their own thing.

"I think there's a lot of variation from the anime," Wolff, who plays Light in the film, teases in the SYFY WIRE interview below. "I think it had already been done so beautifully in the Japanese version, so it was nice to do something turning it on its head, doing something different, and hopefully bringing some life to something already done so well."

The actor's favorite moments came in the interactions between L. and Light, and their give and take. Getting to have slow, quiet, "head-to-head" moments were his favorite bits, though they sometimes took forever.

And if you're expecting a clear-cut hero here, you probably won't get it.

"Light thinks he's the good guy, but as the movie goes on, he starts to realize he's not. That, to me, is what makes the movie so interesting," says the actor.

Wolff did watch the original Death Note anime before jumping in, which helped him realize what they needed to capture about the "morality tale."

Watch the full interview below, and check out Death Note only on Netflix, available now.

Additional reporting by Lucas Siegel