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My earliest cinema memory is going to see “The Mummy Returns.” I remember my mum taking me and my sister to the Pizza Hut across the road afterwards and all we could talk about how great the CGI looked! It definitely wasn’t the first film I saw in the cinema, but the feeling of scale and awe and spectacle stayed with me. Something about the scope of the production, the beauty of their portrayal of Egypt, the size of the screen, the endless possibilities of filmmaking. Very special. (Source: www.theitalianreve.com)
My first reaction…I never thought I’d have the opportunity to play Dr. Watson, let’s flip this on its head! Watson, in the literature, is the voice of reason, the sidekick (in the most literal sense), I’m going to find the darkness. Johnny Kenton was the block 1 director: I don’t know what I asked him first, but we’d worked together a few years back on a short, so there was a familiarity there which felt nice. I talked a lot to him about Watson’s voice and why I thought it should be the way it is, and also about Watson’s past and how it’s shaped him physically. Johnny’s great, he gives you the space to discuss. (Source: www.theitalianreve.com)
www.theitalianreve.com)I Wouldn’t Call Him Sinister. I Think Sinister Implies a Sort of Outward Intention, Something Pre-Planned From Watson. I He’s been hurt by the secrets of his past, he’s having to hold on to these demons as he tries to make amends. In doing so, he’s created a facade, a barrier to the outside world that says “leave me alone, don’t try and find a way in because I’m a closed shop.” I think when you describe a character as sinister, you end up with the mustache twiddling, eyebrow-raising pantomime villain! Also, the facade has been constructed because he’s a black man in Victorian London, high society Victorian London. Although it’s not directly mentioned in our world, it’s still there, so it gave me a really interesting thing to play off. It gave my Watson the strength to say to the world “Yeah, I’m a Doctor, I have money, I live amongst you and I’m not going anywhere so deal with it.” It informed a great deal about how I portrayed him. (Source:Think It’s the Opposite.