After “Andor” episode 10 premiered on November 9, The Ringer published an interview with Toby Haynes, who directed six episodes of “Andor”, including episode 10. During their discussion, interviewer Ben Lindbergh asked Haynes what the monologues of Kino Loy and Luthen Rael came together during the production of the episode.
First, while discussing Kino’s big moment, Haynes revealed that he chose to film Serkis’ monologue in its entirety, although the episode alternated between live footage and voice-over. Despite this, Haynes recalled that Serkis dropped his monologue on his second take, taking just five takes in all.
Meanwhile, Haynes felt that Skarsgård’s monologue was initially lacking, before characterizing it as overly linguistic to the actor. “He said, ‘Oh my God, thank you. Thank you. Thank you.’ And then he did three more takes, and it had all the spontaneity, it had so much more emotion,” Haynes said.
For what it’s worth, Haynes described the direction of Skarsgård in glowing terms — both in his Ringer interview and in a previous conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, in which he discussed filming Skarsgård with Saw Gerrera actor Forest Whitaker described as a career highlight. By the sounds of it, Haynes has still valued his opportunities to work with legendary actors like Serkis and Skarsgård, but hasn’t been afraid to actively direct them, as he did during their challenging monologues in Episode 10.