Is the star of Eat Locals a daredevil on set?
Daredevil star Charlie Cox’s on-set antics.
What’s the first thing you do on set?
I get some breakfast and chat to people, work out the nerves. It always feels like the first day at school.
Any on-set superstitions?
I’m not superstitious; I’ll walk under ladders. [ponders] There are certain things that I want to have in my pocket that are character-specific. You never see them, they’re never referenced, but if I’ve decided the character drives a Nissan, I’ll get an old Nissan key. In Eat Locals, I had a nice, detailed handkerchief. Daredevil has a wallet and his house keys, but there’s another item he always has that I won’t tell anyone about.
Hot or cold lunch?
Hot. On a lot of film sets, people complain about the catering. I really like on-set food. But then I also like aeroplane food. I don’t know if it’s because I went to boarding school, or if I have very low expectations. [laughs] I love sponge pudding, custard, bangers and mash… Other than when you were seven years old, where do you get toad-in-the-hole? [laughs]
Do you ever sleep on set?
I can’t nap. Even night shoots, when I’m exhausted. I just did a film [Night In Hatton Garden] with a bunch of actors who are all significantly older than I am, and lunchtimes were really boring because everyone was asleep. [laughs]
Best on-set experience?
It was a joy working with Jason [Flemyng, director of Eat Locals] because he’s an old friend of mine. We worked on Stardust together. Stardust was really special. It was wild to meet Robert De Niro; I still dine out on that. All of us were wondering if he’d read the bit of the script where he appears in drag. We were like [whispers], “Does he know...” It was impossible to imagine it. But the day came and he just treated it as another day at work. Daredevil has been amazing. It’s a lovely cast and crew. The first scene where we all come together in The Defenders was special because we were filming something that the fans were going to go crazy for.
Do you use your phone on set?
I do. Not some days, but there are a lot of days when it’s just walking down the corridor or waking up in your apartment, so…
Most embarrassing moment?
I did a film called Hello Carter and there was one scene where me, Jodie Whittaker and Paul Schneider are in a car driving through Piccadilly Circus and Paul had to get very cross. There was so much traffic – we were sat in it for 25 minutes before we got to Piccadilly Circus. I underestimated how cross Paul was going to get. For some reason, when people get very cross, I find it really funny. So the first take I ruined. I couldn’t stop laughing. We had to go around, wait in traffic… and then I did it again. It was not funny to anyone else, I just could not get my shit together. JG
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‘i love aeroplane food. i don’t know if that’s because i have very low expectations’
dinner time cox as vamp henry in Jason flemying’s Eat Locals.