PRESS TOUR: Discovery ponders 'Curiosity'

Friday, 29 July 2011 01:35 PM Written by 

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Discovery Channel explores human “Curiosity” (8 p.m. Aug. 7) in a new series that asks big questions with an assist from several big names.

Horror director/actor Eli Roth (“Hostel”) tests the nature of evil, Morgan Freeman (“Driving Miss Daisy”) investigates the possibility of a parallel universe and Maggie Gyllenhaal (“Secretary”) considers why sex is fun.

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The show will air 60 episodes over a five-year period, premiering with Stephen Hawking asking, “Did God create the universe?”

For his episode, Roth wanted to explore what it means to be evil rather than issues of fear.

“I’ve always been fascinated by the nature of fear,” he said. “Even in my ‘Hostel’ movies I was more interested in why somebody would do such a terrible thing rather than act itself. Being Jewish, I grew up asking questions about the holocaust, how could this happen?”

But he opted not to cover fear in “Curiosity” because fears are more individual.

“The very idea of, ‘Does evil exist?’ fascinated us because evil for a lot of people depends on which side you’re on. If someone is a suicide bomber, to some they are evil incarnate but to other people they are a hero. We thought that was a more interesting subject. … When an atrocious act is displaced on a third party, how are we able to absolve the guilt of that and commit that act?”

Roth said the hope is the show will get the curious mind going so that even if viewers have made up their minds on the answer to a question posed, it may make them think outside their normal way of thinking.

Executive producer Simon Andreae said the goal of “Curiosity,” no matter the specific subject, is to “ask questions about ourselves, our world and our place in the universe.”

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