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RAFESPALL, DES­PER­ATE RO­MAN­TICS

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favourite. Hunt wasn’t one for mak­ing pretty pic­tures – he wanted to tell the truth, he wanted to make things look real at the ex­pense of be­ing beau­ti­ful. He didn’t re­ally care about beauty; he just wanted re­al­ity. knew who she was. And she went on to marry a lord. She be­came a huge so­ci­ety girl.

Some­thing else in­ter­est­ing about the se­ries is how it de­picts th­ese artists as very much in the pub­lic eye.

The age of celebrity isn’t a new thing. The fact is they were re­ally fa­mous and the mod­els they painted were the era’s equiv­a­lent of Kate Moss. Th­ese painters were more fa­mous than [ mod­ern artists] Tracey Emin and Damian Hirst, not to men­tion just as rad­i­cal and just as strange. The rea­son I’m in­ter­ested in the drama is to show that young artists have al­ways got drunk, slept with loads of girls and taken drugs. [ Laughs] Noth­ing’s new.

Can you re­late to your char­ac­ter in any way, Rafe?

I can re­late to him in the fact that I’m an artist of sorts and I’m am­bi­tious and I re­ally care about what I do and put a lot of ef­fort into it. The same can be said for Hunt. Play­ing him has taken a lot of re­search and a lot of hard work, though. Some­one came in and showed us how to hold a paint­brush prop­erly!

So you’re ready to take on the art world now?

I think you’ve ei­ther got it or you haven’t. [ Laughs] And I haven’t!

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