Neil Maskell

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Has Ben Wheat­ley changed since

you worked with him on Kill List?

In terms of his process, he’s very sim­i­lar. I sup­pose, if any­thing, there’s a short­hand that can be­come a kind of brusque­ness.

[laughs] We don’t re­ally ar­gue or any­thing, but he can be a lit­tle bit more blunt with me than he would be with some ac­tors. On one level, the film is about Colin’s sense of en­ti­tle­ment… Both me and Ben talked, as pals, not col­lab­o­ra­tors, about our own fail­ings, and fall­ing into those traps. Just be­ing dick­heads, y’know? Which most of us have the propen­sity for… Your wife and baby are in the film. Was that tough, or a joy? It was great hav­ing baby Marvin there and to have the op­por­tu­nity to act with Sura (Dohnke), be­cause she’s a fuck­ing colos­sal ac­tress. But it was also very in­tense. Sura had to deal with hav­ing to stop scenes half­way through to breast­feed. My char­ac­ter is hav­ing a drunken ner­vous break­down so it wasn’t easy to just chill out at the end of the day. Your adren­a­line is run­ning. I can’t do any­thing with­out ac­tu­ally snap­ping my­self in half. Then up early to deal with the baby. It was pun­ish­ing. JG

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