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