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No sympathy for this devil
Some viewers have been put off by the impulsive Freddie, finding him coarse, unsympathetic and impenetrable. But Anderson drops hints about his past along the way, detailing Freddie's deep desire for family and stability, a longing that leads him to Dodd.
"I remember thinking sometimes, while we were shooting, 'Is he a ghost, almost?' You get into researching that period and there were all these sailors surrounded by death and just so many bodies. You just think about guys being literally out at sea and surrounded by their buddies floating in water and stuff like that and you just think, `Maybe he's a ghost himself. Does he even know it?'" -- The Huffington Post