‘Mare of Easttown’ director saw the ‘Saturday Night Live’ skit spoofing his show, and he’s ‘so flattered’

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Craig Zobel, the director of “Mare of Easttown,” says he has watched the “Saturday Night Live” skit spoofing his HBO show — and he’s a fan.

“Mare of Easttown” tells the story of a small Pennsylvania town where Detective Mare Sheehan (played by Kate Winslet) is trying to solve the murder of one teenage girl and the disappearance of another while struggling with a few complicated issues in her personal life.

The seven-part limited series thriller has become a widely-watched and much-discussed show since its premiere in April.

“Saturday Night Live” became a part of that conversation last weekend with a fairly transparent spoof of “Mare of Easttown,” titled “Murdur Durdur,” featuring tech mogul and guest host Elon Musk.

In the spoof, Kate McKinnon plays Care (modeled after Winslet’s character Mare, down to the bed hair and casual wardrobe), a “grizzled lady detective,” in a town where, much like Easttown, everyone knows one another, there’s no shortage of Wawa hoagies, and there’s a murder that needs to be solved.

The “SNL” skit’s characters also have a very specific Pennsylvania accent (which turns “murdered daughter” into “murdur durdur”) in honor of Winslet’s critically-acclaimed accent in the HBO series.

Reacting to the “SNL” spoof, “Mare of Easttown” director Zobel told Insider on Thursday that he was “so flattered” by the skit. 

“It was a quite accurate spoof of us,” he said of the parody. “Everyone on our show is related to everyone else on the show.”

Angourie Rice, who plays Mare’s daughter Siobhan in the HBO murder mystery, agreed with Zobel, separately telling Insider that she thought the “SNL” skit was “really funny.”

“I really love Kate McKinnon. So I was just excited to see her,” Rice said. “And I was like, ‘Oh my God, that means Kate McKinnon has seen our show.'”

Zobel called Winslet’s ‘Mare of Easttown’ character ‘a bit of a grump’

Even though Mare is a good detective and is fiercely protective of her family, she also makes questionable decisions that endanger her and those around her. 

Zobel told Insider that he thought Winslet was unique in her approach to such a complex character and he was “excited” to watch her bring the role to life. 

“I think you spend a lot of your energy empathizing with [Mare],” Zobel said about Winslet’s portrayal of the detective. “By being like, ‘please don’t do that. Don’t make it harder on yourself. Come on, Mare.'”

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Winslet told Indiewire, in an interview published in early May, that Mare is more like her “than any of the characters I’ve ever played in any period films,” particularly in how Mare dresses and presents herself to those around her.

“Mare Sheehan is — she’s kind of disgusting,” Winslet told the publication. “She’s a hot mess most of the time, she doesn’t give a shit what she looks like, she’s kind of stopped caring what people even think about her.”

“We made decisions creatively that this was a woman who looked at herself in the mirror when she brushed her teeth in the morning and would not look in the mirror again [all day],” she added. “That’s like most busy mothers I know — that’s like me.”

“Mare of Easttown” is airing Sundays at 10 p.m. EST on HBO.

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