Con­si­dine steps into boxing ring

Paddy Con­si­dine talks to Teddy Jamieson about his new boxing film Jour­ney­man, not fall­ing in love with act­ing and why it is im­por­tant to dance like no­body’s watch­ing

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SEC­ONDS out … Right in the mid­dle of his flow, just at the mo­ment Paddy Con­si­dine is wind­ing things higher and higher, it’s as if the engine fails, the fuel sup­ply cuts out and ev­ery­thing spi­rals to a halt. Some 30 sec­onds be­fore, he is fir­ing on all cylin­ders. “I didn’t as­pire to be mid­dle class,” he is telling me. “I didn’t as­pire to be any­thing. I was just scream­ing for some­body to see me, so I wasn’t in­vis­i­ble in some way. And what I put on screen is just a re­sult of my ex­pe­ri­ence of the things that I ab­sorbed as a lit­tle boy, the things that were in the world around me and those are my ex­pe­ri­ences …”

And that’s when it hap­pens. He stalls, stut­ters, stops.

“I don’t know what I’m f***ing try­ing to say, man,” he says apolo­get­i­cally. “I’m not a great speaker. I’m not par­tic­u­larly elo­quent. I don’t have the rhetoric.”

Paddy Con­si­dine doesn’t like do­ing in­ter­views and so he doesn’t do many. But he has a film to pro­mote and he wants to give it ev­ery chance and so we are sit­ting in the back of Cit­i­zen M in Glas­gow while his movie Jour­ney­man, which he has di­rected and stars in, plays up the road in the Glas­gow Film Theatre. It’s the rea­son we are sit­ting here talking about boxing and act­ing and grow­ing up on a coun­cil es­tate and not as­pir­ing to be mid­dle class but want­ing to be seen and heard and make films.

Con­si­dine is look­ing well, fit and lean, a prod­uct of his train­ing for the film in which he takes the lead role as boxer Matty Bur­ton, op­po­site Jodie Whit­taker who is play­ing his wife. This even­ing he is wear­ing a jacket dec­o­rated in badges and a pair of tinted sun­glasses that are part of the treat­ment for Irlen Syn­drome, a con­di­tion that makes it dif­fi­cult for him to process light and has links with autism. He was di­ag­nosed a few years ago. So, if now and again he seems a lit­tle squir­relly dur­ing our con­ver­sa­tion, well, maybe it’s un­der­stand­able.

Con­si­dine is one of the UK’s most watch­able ac­tors. Since he made his de­but in Shane Mead­ows’s film A Room For Romeo Brass back in 1999 he has been a con­stant, some­times itchy pres­ence on Bri­tish screens; you might have seen him

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Paddy Con­si­dine in Jour­ney­man

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