‘Good and evil is subjective…’
“IF you didn’t sleep very well after watching Damien, well that was the desired effect it was supposed to have.
I wouldn’t say I was a horror buff at all, far from it. I’ve seen the classic horror movies that most people have, I wouldn’t necessarily go out of my way to watch an obscure horror film. But if someone has a horror movie night when you get a bunch of friends and watch it together and scream like a girl, that’s a classic.
I watched The Omen [the cult 1976 horror movie which inspired Damien, set 25 years later] when I was too young to really understand what I was watching. So I always had an awareness of it, but when I found out about Damien I re-watched it and very quickly realised what a great film it is.
What makes playing Damien interesting is that he’s not just one thing or the other, there’s a journey there. There’s a suggestion that good and evil is subjective. It’s not simply a case of one side being right and the other wrong.
Damien is essentially one of us – he’s a human being. All of the circumstances in which he finds himself tend to be what highlights those human qualities. That extra evil or dark source balance to him tends to be in the situations around him.
We meet Damien at his 30th birthday. He’s never been able to work out what the weird stuff that happens around him is, he’s just been trying to get away from it. And now it keeps catching up with him. He finds himself in his situations where he has to make decisions like we all do in life but the choice has gotten harder each time.
I had a very enjoyable time shooting the show. And I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching it, largely because we’ve been bouncing back and forth between various cast and crew members’ houses to watch it as a group. In fact, as I talk to you I’m stood among the mess of last night because it was my turn to host and I haven’t quite gotten around to cleaning up afterwards!
But it’s enjoyable to have a few friends around as well as the cast. We’ve started the tradition of picking someone’s house, then slaughtering it for a night while we’re watching Damien.
We finished shooting season one in August – quite a while ago really. I guess we’ll find out if we get a pick-up [for season two] once the show has finished airing in the States and people who make the decisions, make their decisions.
But I’d dare say there’s not too many people among the cast who wouldn’t be keen to go back again. It was such a great experience first time around.”
DAMIEN ELEVEN, MONDAY, 9.30PM With Tiffany Dunk