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Paul Anderson and me One of the best Actors I ever worked with funny as shit, fast, smart and on the ball.
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tomhardydotorg:

Paul Anderson and me
One of the best Actors I ever worked with funny as shit, fast, smart and on the ball.

Link added by poster: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2167957/

solfera:

PEAKY BLINDERS: Interview with Paul Anderson


Tell us about your character Arthur Shelby

When you first see him, Arthur is head of the family, he’s in charge of what’s going on, described by Sam Neill as the lead pack dog of the Peaky Blinders. It’s interesting because I had a lot of conversations about this and Arthur’s content with the world as it is and the Peaky Blinders as they are. Basically running pubs, running gambling rackets, but his ambition is where it is. I mean he doesn’t want any more. If he can walk into a club, if his name or the Shelby name is enough of an intimidation and a threat to people, then that’s enough for him. He doesn’t have the ambition that Tommy has.

How does Arthur deal with Tommy’s ambition to be head of the family?

Tommy’s got bigger ambition, he’s got much more drive than Arthur. Arthur is old fashioned, doesn’t really want it to change much but Tommy’s got all this vision and all these bigger dreams to take us further and further. Arthur drinks a lot, you could say his drinking’s out of control, his womanising’s out of control - he’s a tough, hard man. I mean, he’s his father’s son essentially. You witness that pretty soon, and Thomas wants to change the whole thing. It’s really subtle the way it’s done as Arthur sort of steps back and he just lets it happen. But he’s not happy for it to happen. He’s reluctant but it happens regardless.

What attracted you to the role?

First of all the script, the writer, Steven Knight, and I think what really did it was when I met Otto Bathurst, who directed the first three episodes. I met him and I got this enthusiasm from him and this impression from him that it just felt really right, it felt really good, and I just thought I really want to do this, it’s something I really want to be part of.

Arthur is quite a violent character. How did you find trying to play that kind of role?

They’re the most interesting roles to play: violent, brutal, dark characters. There’s so much scope because you can do the obvious brutish kind of stuff, but then you can play the sort of different layers with a violent man. There’s a reason for that sort of behaviour and mentality. Men were hard men and if they weren’t then they were left behind. It was a pleasure to play Arthur Shelby. Much better than playing the nice guy.

What do you think makes the series special?

There are so many things that I love about it, I think the whole thing is completely different for a start. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen. It’s been a real joy and it looks great.

TODAY TODAY FUCKING TODAY

(Source: BBC)

lisasueli:

These three may look like they’re dressed in their Sunday best, and on their way to church, but don’t be fooled: they’re dangerous - and those caps are lethal.

Meet the bad boy gangsters behind Peaky Blinders, a post-World War I crime syndicate in Birmingham into everything from betting shops to bank robberies and protection.

The Peaky Blinders were so-called because of their habit of sewing razor blades into the peaks of their cloth caps.

Cillian Murphy plays the gang’s ruthless leader Tommy Shelby, and his unholy band of brothers include Joe Cole and Paul Anderson.

Helen McCrory plays Aunt Polly Gray, the Shelby family’s godmother who carried on running the clan’s operations while her nephews were in the trenches.

The six-part series, being made for the BBC by Caryn Mandabach Productions and Tiger Aspect, is based on real-life events, adapted and written for TV by Steven Knight, who also wrote the films Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things.

Other cast members include Sam Neill as the police chief who wants the gang behind bars; Annabelle Wallis as a mysterious woman, of course, Iddo Goldberg; Charlie Creed-Miles and the poet Benjamin Zephaniah.



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