Q. Are you excited for The Krays: Dead Man Walking world premiere on September 9?
Very. Red carpet and everyone suited and booted. Yeah! I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s creativity come together too. Filming was fast and furious. I’m also really excited to hear the soundtrack as well. I’m sure the cinematography is top dollar and the acting raw and gritty. Gonna be good, eh?
Q. How does it feel to be playing such an iconic true character?
I always try to humanise the character and just be a person. A man who goes about his daily life like anyone else. It’s surprising though how much the twins really mean to the history of London. Everyone has a story to tell about the Krays. It wasn’t until after filming that I realised how iconic Reg and Ron really are here in the big smoke.
Q. Are you worried that films like this glamourise criminals and gangsters?
Cinema has been around for over 100 years now, stories of all kinds have been told and will be told for generations to come. They’re just stories. Was it ‘The Catcher in the Rye’ or Mark David Chapman who shot John Lennon? I mean, some may see the movie as glamorous and others may see sadness. Ultimately it’s down to the individual to decide what they take from the story.
Q. What attracted you to the part?
The script. It was so, so real. Raw. Full of energy. Human. Not a mad, weird, homosexual Ronnie, but a Ron flirtatious, fun, compassionate, normal, sad. misunderstood.
Q. What was it like working with Marc Pickering, playing twins?
Like brothers from day one. Telepathic. One love.
Q. There are some real old school film and TV legends in the cast. Was it fun working with them?
Everyone is so unique. It’s like a big picnic where each person brings something special to the table. It’s amazing.
Q. Which is your favourite scene in the film?
All of them. I can’t wait to see how Marc and I bounce off each other as twins. The scene with Guy Henry, who plays Boothby, full of desire and Idolatry, and of course, the scene where Ronnie gets upset. A Dr. Bruce Banner moment!
Q. What makes this film different to previous Krays films?
We shall see, after we’ve seen it!
Q. What are you working on at the moment?
I’m in the process of finding a new agent. I want to push ahead with my career and I’m looking for an agent who wants to come along for the road trip. Meanwhile I’m keeping busy preparing a short film shooting partly in Italy about a man hiding from his past as well as prepping for an American TV episode about the Boston Strangler in which I get to play the detective.