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16 Things You Don't Know About Netflix's "A Series Of Unfortunate Events"

16 Things You Don't Know About Netflix's "A Series Of Unfortunate Events"

According to its stars Patrick Warburton (Lemony Snicket), Malina Weissman (Violet Baudelaire), and Louis Hynes (Klaus Baudelaire).

Patrick Warburton, who plays the titular character, Lemony Snicket, didn’t audition for the role.

Patrick Warburton, who plays the titular character, Lemony Snicket, didn't audition for the role.

Warburton received a text from executive producer, Barry Sonnenfeld, asking him to come up to Vancouver for five months to shoot the show, and he accepted. “If I had auditioned, I would not have gotten the job,” Warburton joked to BuzzFeed News in a phone interview.

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Warburton was on board because of his past relationship with Sonnenfeld.

Warburton was on board because of his past relationship with Sonnenfeld.

The two had previously worked together on projects like The Tick, Men in Black II, and Big Trouble. “He raises the bar on almost everything he does through his vision, through his lens, through the people he works with, through his imagination,” Warburton said of Sonnenfeld.

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Way before he was cast, Warburton had crossed paths with Daniel Handler, the author of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.

Way before he was cast, Warburton had crossed paths with Daniel Handler, the author of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events.

In 1999, Warburton starred in a film called The Woman Chaser. Handler and his wife, Lisa Brown, attended a screening and a Q&A for the feature in San Francisco, which Warburton was a part of. Though it was a small movie, years later, Handler had nothing but glowing things to say to Warburton about the little-known film.

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Warburton thinks of his portrayal of Snicket as having a Carl Sagan-in-Cosmos feel.

Warburton thinks of his portrayal of Snicket as having a Carl Sagan-in-Cosmos feel.

Warburton knew he’d be a prominent onscreen figure in the series. He’s often in the same scenes as the Baudelaire children, but they don’t interact, since he’s a narrator. It’s a different portrayal than Jude Law’s Snicket in the 2006 film based on the book series — his character was barely seen.

“It is a different experience as an actor communicating with someone on the other side of the lens,” Warburton said of speaking to the audience. “He has a personal connection to the people in the story, so he’s not a detached narrator.” The Snicket that he and Sonnenfeld have gone for in the Netflix series is much more integrated than, say, Rod Serling in The Twilight Zone.

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