PLAYER JOINS THE GAME
AS lanky lothario Skeet, Benedict Samuel might have landed his breakout role in The Beautiful Lie.
“I think he is a bit of a player, until he meets Anna, and she gives him the reason to stop all that,” he says. “Skeet is a music producer, he’s kind of travelling along until he runs into Anna, and everything else that meant something is kind of meaningless. Now she is the meaning.
“There are no top buttons done up in this show. Lots of buttons undone, perhaps. It’s very ambitious, this production.
“But I think the ambition also drives it.”
Samuel hasn’t read Tolstoy’s original book – he wanted to keep the character fresh.
“It’s exciting that stories, events and people are universal themes that exist in a context outside of themselves,” he says.
“There’s a timeless nature to certain explorations of relationships or people. People have always been hurting or loving or falling.”