HYDE AND SPEAK
Jekyll And Hyde star Tom Bateman on his dual role
How did you approach playing Hyde?
I looked for inspiration in certain places. I quite liked Heath Ledger’s Joker. It’s the mischief. He’s somehow all- powerful. The enjoyment in that. It’s not being evil for evil’s sake. He enjoys his power over other people. He is dark in what he does, in the original book; Charlie’s given him lightness as well. He’s a funny guy. He’s just having a great time. There’s a great line about Heath Ledger’s Joker – “Some men just want to watch the world burn.” It’s like that. You can go dark with that, but that’s actually a bit boring, because no one is evil in their own mind. They do it for their reasons. He’s not evil. He’s just powerful and enjoys his power, and other people are weak. Whenever they give me the note, “Enjoy this”, it unlocks something else. It’s actually a lot more human and 3D to do it like that.
Do you have to carry yourself differently?
Yeah, very much. The great thing about setting it in this period is people were so stiff and self- conscious about how they were perceived and how they held themselves… being a gentleman, being polite. Hyde is the opposite. He’s totally liberated. He doesn’t have any of these physical constraints. Plus he’s stronger, whereas Jekyll’s a bit more afraid and intimidated by things. With Hyde, there’s no consequence. People shoot him and he goes, “This is just fun!” So that’s the physical openness of him, just going, “I’m infallible.” That helps as well.