If Lifetime's new Menendez Brothers movie, "Menendez: Blood Brothers," catches flack for painting a more sympathetic picture of the two men who brutally murdered their parents in 1989, the film's stars aren't worried.
Starring Nico Tortorella and Myko Olivier as the pair of rich kid killers and Courtney Love and Benito Martinez as their slain parents, "Blood Brothers" tells the story from the boys' perspective and shows the alleged abuse by their parents as told in their court testimonies.
"With this story, we're taking their perspective, their argument and trying to say well, what if this is what really happened," Olivier told TooFab. "It is a relatively sympathetic view of their understanding, which hopefully makes it interesting."
"I don't think murder is the right answer, just want to put that out there," he added. "They don't deny that they killed their parents."
"The issue is the court system denied any other issue that was happening with these two," Tortorella chimed in. "I think it was really important for us to tell their side of the story because I think these two real life human beings were so overexposed and they were kind of stereotyped as like these two rich kids that killed their parents for money and that's just not really what happened, right?"
Both stars pointed out how the judge of the second trial wouldn't allow the brothers' lawyers to present their entire abuse defense and didn't give jurors the option of outright acquittal.
"Ultimately, the sexual abuse charges were dropped in the court system," explained Nico. "Because sexual abuse had to be between a man and a woman, it couldn't exist between two men and that amount of extreme homophobia that existed in the court system at that time period, it's crazy to think about."
"They were basically taking away their defense, which I think is a little bit of obstruction of something," added Olivier. "I am still hung up on that being wrong, it feels wrong to me. Even if you don't buy their story, you should be allowed to argue it in court."
"We didn't know about sexual abuse as we do now," Tortorella continued. "If that trial was in a system right now, it would be a completely different outcome. I'm not going to say I would like to see both of them walk free, but I think that specific talking point in that case deserves justice and hopefully they get it."
"There's a lot of time you're watching and I feel like they're lying, but watching their testimonies, especially Lyle's on the stand, they get very emotional and they're either very good actors or something really happened that made them that angry to want to get vengeance," said Olivier.
While both of the actors agree the brothers suffered some sort of injustice, they were split on whether they should try and contact them to talk about the film.
"My initial instinct was I want to talk to Lyle in prison, we couldn't do that," said Tortorella, adding that someone at the studio advised against reaching out. "I had no impulse to want to meet them," added Olivier, "I wanted to play the character, do my research by watching different documentaries about them and I wanted to play the character that was in the script."
Now that filming is done though ... what do they think Lyle and Erik would think of their work?
"I'm sure it would be very difficult to watch, because we go to places nobody else has at this point," replied Tortorella. "I think we give their actual story justice, I think they would be happy with what we've done."
"It's not for them. This is just their story, if they see it, I don't know if that it's that important to me whether they like it or not," added Olivier. "I hope they like our performances, because I want everyone to like our performances, but I'm not as concerned about what they think because personally, I don't know if they're ever leaving prison."
"Menendez: Blood Brothers" airs June 11 on Lifetime.