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War She’s often portrayed as a villain but to me she is someone that has a lot of fun. She is clever and knows how to get what she wants. She hurts a lot of people along the way and can be very manipulative, but I felt there had to be something charming about her that society fell in love with.
The scene of Helene bedding her brother Anatole (Callum Turner) has caused a storm of controversy in the UK. I always knew that (controversy) was going to arise. I think people are maybe too shocked by it. It is definitely hinted at in the book.
War and Peace has been filmed a number of times. How, as an actor, did you go about creating your own version of Helene? I made sure I didn’t watch any of the previous versions. Andrew’s writing is so brilliant that half the work was done for me. A lot of it was just playing on the day. The director, Tom Harper ( Peaky Blinders), was very free in letting people do what they wanted to do.
War and Peace has a mighty impressive cast including Gillian Anderson ( The XFiles), Paul Dano ( 12 Years a Slave) and Jim Broadbent ( Harry Potter). Was that daunting? When you’re working with such a talented cast it really makes you up your game. A lot of my scenes are with Paul, who has been in the business a long time and has his own (acting) method.
A lot of people will reckon there is no way War and Peace can be trimmed to six hour-long episodes. There is a reason people haven’t read War and Peace. There are a lot of characters and storylines and families to get your head around. What Andrew is very good at is adapting it so that it is digestible but still keeping very nuanced characters and the main storylines.
WAR AND PEACE, BBC FIRST, SUNDAY, 8.30PM