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
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
Paddy Considine in Journeyman