Closer Weekly

A Harry Situation

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Based on Len Deighton’s famed spy novel, The Ipcress

File follows British special agent Harry Palmer (Peaky

Blinders’ Joe Cole) as he’s put on the trail of a missing nuclear scientist. “He’s a detective, he’s a spy, but he is very different,” says Joe of his Cold War sleuth. “He’s from a working-class background. He’s operating in a different world with different classes. He’s hyperintel­ligent and he’s fun, and for me, the most important thing was trying to capture that.” To prepare for the role, Joe watched the original 1965 film starring Michael Caine as the iconic spy. “But then I quickly realized that I wanted to put my own spin on it,” he explains. “I started worrying that I was going to start trying to do a Michael Caine impersonat­ion without actually realizing I was doing it!”

 ?? ?? TUNE IN! The Ipcress File premieres May 19 on AMC+.
TUNE IN! The Ipcress File premieres May 19 on AMC+.
 ?? ?? Cole’s sidekick spy Lucy Boynton
Cole’s sidekick spy Lucy Boynton

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