Many fans were quite surprised to see Sting pop up on Only Murders in the Building this week on Hulu.
Co-creator John Hoffman is opening up about how the show managed to get the famed musician on the show.
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If you haven’t seen the latest episode, Sting stars as a more cranky version of himself, who becomes one of the suspects in Tim’s murder.
Speaking with E! News, John shared that the character had always been written as a recognizable celebrity, but he never expected to book Sting in the part.
“Crazy, right?” he shared. “We all felt, ‘Well good luck to us on that.’ But it was born out of the idea [that] in these kinds of buildings in New York, that can happen. You’ll be seeing someone famous because this is their home when they’re in New York.”
John continued, “When it comes to like, someone with acting experience, someone with like, you know, just a magnetic personality, for me, you don’t really have to go much further to land on Sting.”
The show was lucky enough to have casting director Bernard “Bernie” Telsey on their side, who also worked with Sting on his Broadway show, The Last Ship.
“We got on a Zoom with Sting,” John remembered. “He was in France, pandemic hiding out in a stunning French château.”
He also revealed that Sting “could not have been more thrilled and excited to jump in” and added he was “fantastic” on set.
Sting‘s character is one that Charles (Steve Martin), Oliver Putnam (Martin Short) and Mabel Mora (Selena Gomez) suspect is the killer of fellow Arconia resident, Tim Kono (Julian Cihi).
Oliver first accuses Sting of the crime, and the other two brush it off until it’s revealed that he had lost millions thanks to Tim, who was the Grammy winner’s stockbroker.
Only Murders in the Building is streaming now on Hulu.