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