Actor Luke Kirby recently revealed that the events that led to comedian Lenny Bruce’s untimely death will begin to unfold on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season 4.
Lenny was a groundbreaking comedian during the era in which the fictional series was set. He died in 1966 from a morphine overdose. He was 40 years old.
He’s been featured as a love interest in the series for the main character, Miriam “Midge” Maisel. But thus far, his notoriety for breaking down barriers in his standup has been mainly featured on the show.
But as the series moves into the 1960s, Kirby said writers felt it was important to reflect further on the comedian’s personal life. And delve into why Lenny died.
‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ writers felt it was their ‘duty’ to explore what led to Lenny Bruce’s death
Kirby, who plays Lenny in The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel said he’s engaged with where the writers will take the real-life character. “We felt a bit of a kind of duty to sort of start touching on the aspects of Lenny Bruce’s life that kind of led up to his dying young,” he told US Weekly. “We’re sort of bringing Lenny Bruce a little bit down to Earth this season and kind of exploring that a little bit.”
Lenny’s last interaction with Midge in Florida left her (and likely the audience) breathless, wondering if they would get together. Kirby said he’d love to see the characters have a romance and how the storyline will continue once Lenny dies. “I don’t know how Midge will feel [when Lenny dies],” he said. “Hopefully she’ll be really broken up about it and then hopefully she will do the healthy thing and move on and make herself happy.”
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In the meantime, Kirby is pulling for Lenny and Midge. “I’m always a sucker for people going for it,” he said. “You know, what’s the point of saying goodbye? We’re all gonna have to say goodbye eventually [so] spend the night together.”