Director Tim Van Patten said of this version of Perry Mason: “This character is in a state of paralysis.
“He’s disconnected until he gets a case that changes his life.”
Actress Rylance said the new series was an origin story and “much grittier” than the more genteel show of the 50s and 60s.
In the HBO show, Mason sometimes works outside the law and doesn’t always do things by the book to crack cases.
While Rhys said: “The first day I turned up on set and I had a kind of breathless moment when I realised the scale at which they were going to shoot this thing.”
Perry Mason continues on HBO on Sundays and Sky Atlantic on Mondays at 9pm