Act­ing dreams

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Showbiz - By NICOLE EVATT

DI­REC­TOR Christo­pher Nolan and ac­tor Mark Rylance didn’t know quite how fa­mous Harry Styles was be­fore Dunkirk. The young peo­ple in their lives cer­tainly did.

“I don’t think I was that aware re­ally of how fa­mous Harry was be­fore cast­ing the pop star in the up­com­ing World War II epic,” Nolan said.

“I mean, my daugh­ter had talked about him. My kids talked about him, but I wasn’t re­ally that aware of it. So the truth is, I cast Harry be­cause he fit the part won­der­fully and truly earned a seat at the ta­ble.”

Styles, 23, who gained fame with One Di­rec­tion and re­cently launched his solo ca­reer, plays a Bri­tish sol­dier in Nolan’s sus­pense-thriller about the evac­u­a­tion of hun­dreds of thousands of Al­lied sol­diers from Dunkirk, France, in May and June of 1940.

Rylance, also fea­tured in the film, said he learned of Styles from his 11-year-old niece.

“She was just more ex­cited than any­thing I’ve ever done be­cause I was go­ing to be act­ing with Harry Styles,” said Rylance, who has won an Os­car and three Tonys. “I went up in her es­ti­ma­tion. I won the Harry!”

Styles de­scribed his first days on set as “over­whelm­ing”.

“I’d say real­is­ing the scale of the pro­duc­tion was very over­whelm­ing. I think what­ever you imagine kind of a gi­ant film set to be like, this was very am­bi­tious even by those stan­dards. You know the boats and the planes and the vol­ume of bod­ies ... it was pretty amaz­ing.”

The film also fea­tures Ken­neth Branagh, Cil­lian Mur­phy and Tom Hardy, and stars new­comer Fionn White­head.

Styles, who re­cently added 56 dates to his up­com­ing solo world tour, said his One Di­rec­tion band­mates were sup­port­ive of his act­ing dreams.

“They are big fans of Chris, too, and I think they’re ex­cited to see it,” Styles said. – AP


Styles, who gained fame with One Di­rec­tion, plays a Bri­tish sol­dier in Nolan’s sus­pense-thriller, Dunkirk

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