‘Dopesick’ star Michael Keaton takes home first Emmy

The Hulu series has a special connection to Southwest Virginia

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“Dopesick” star Michael Keaton took home his first Emmy for lead actor in a limited series on Monday.

The popular Hulu series was filmed throughout Virginia, including Clifton Forge.

In his acceptance speech, Keaton said, “I’ve had some doubters. But you know what? We’re cool.”

Keaton portrayed Dr. Samuel Finnix in the eight-episode drama about the rise and fall of the opioid crisis.

Blacksburg native Erica Arvold was also nominated for an Emmy in outstanding casting for a limited series.

The series was nominated for a total of 14 Emmys.

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The show is based on “Dopesick,” a New York Times best-selling book by Roanoke local Beth Macy.

Macy was an executive producer for the show alongside Keaton and others.

At the time of filming, many locals were able to take on roles as extras in the show.

Officials said the series brought over $45 million to Virginia and supported nearly 200 local businesses.

“Clifton Forge is almost like a character in the movie,” Clifton Forge Mayor Pamela Marshall said. “We were just happy for the opportunity to share Clifton Forge with the rest of the world.”


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