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 famous musician on the show.
In case 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 .
Speaking with E! News, John shared that the character was always written as a recognizable celebrity, but he never expected Sting to book into 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 fortunate enough to be accompanied by casting director Bernard “Bernie” Telsey, 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 are the killers of fellow Arconia resident Tim Kono (Julian Sihy).
Oliver first accuses Sting of the crime, and the other two make it up until it is discovered that he had lost millions thanks to Tim, the Grammy winner’s stockbroker.
Only Murders in the Building is streaming on Hulu now.