Tim Roth


Star of wild new drama Tin Star

is Tin Star a west­ern with a con­tem­po­rary twist?

“That was def­i­nitely a start­ing point.”

it’s a fish-out-of-wa­ter story about Brits in Canada. Where did that come from?

“There’s an open-door pol­icy for po­lice­men who work in Eng­land to go and work there, and of­ten they go and work in small towns. Mostly what they deal with is drunk driv­ers and break­ing up fights. It’s an eas­ier op­tion than what they’ve been through. My char­ac­ter Jim Worth is hid­ing out, be­cause he’s also a drunk. He’s try­ing to stay sober. That’s what his deal is.”

What’s the big­gest chal­lenge of play­ing an al­co­holic?

“We talked quite hot and heavy about it. There’s a point when you don’t get drunk, but he will cer­tainly lead peo­ple to be­lieve that he is not func­tion­ing – it be­comes use­ful. There’s a Jekyll &

Hyde kind of vibe to the sit­u­a­tion as it pro­gresses…”

Was it dan­ger­ous film­ing out in Cal­gary?

“There are var­i­ous the­o­ries about how to deal with bears, but it’s real. The other one they don’t tell you about is the moun­tain lion sit­u­a­tion. Tourists get killed in that area be­cause the cats are up a tree. They drop on you. They come out of the air and they eat you.”

Tin Star is on Sky At­lantic

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