Are you much like Four in real- life?
I love beating people up [ jokes]! I guess he’s probably more uptight than me. I hope. He’s a bit damaged, I guess you’d say, and probably more highly strung in a way. I do like playing this character because there’s a stillness to him which I always found interesting, even from the books. It’s fun to come back to him. Four has a lot of tattoos. Did you get tired of putting them on every day?
Yes. I was thinking about getting them for real, just so I didn’t have to go through the make- up process – because you do them every day for five- and- a- half months, it gets a little bit wearing at the end. The one on the back is fine because you only do it for specific scenes. But by the end I was saying, “I think he should be wearing high- necked collar things constantly. He should look like a priest wearing ’ 60s roll necks or something!” Now you’re involved in a big franchise, do you have to be more careful about the other roles you take on?
You have to kind of make smart choices. You do films and the easy flattering options come up, but they’re not necessarily the best ones for your career longevity. You have to be strong and say no to some stuff, and then try aggressively to get some things that are going to be better for you in the long run. At the end of the day, I’m an actor. You’re going to be doing this for years, you hope. Are the people who spot you for The Inbetweeners Movie different to the ones who recognise you from Divergent?
Yeah, definitely. It’s funny being an actor. Sometimes the thing that someone recognises you from is the unexpected one, which is fun in a way. It might be, even, your first job ever, or something you’d almost forgotten you’d done. But yes. If you walk into a room, you can tell what the people probably know you from.