New interview with Martin Freeman in Time Out London

As part of the promotion for Labour of Love, opening tomorrow at the Noël Coward Theatre, Martin gave a small interview to Andrzej Lukowski. Here is the transcript:

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Martin Freeman on Labour, Corbyn and why you should never call him an everyman

The star of ‘The Office’, ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘Sherlock’ plays an ambitious MP in ‘Labour of Love’, James Graham’s epic new comedy about the Labour Party

You’re a Labour Party member – did that influence your decision to do this play?

‘It might help a little that I’m more Labour than anything else, but I just like good writing; it could easily have been about the Tory Party.’

What are the play’s politics?

‘What is put really, really well is the potential passion of the centre. There’s a great line: for us to get into power we’ll need all our lot to vote for us, and then some Tories too. This country is a “small C” conservative country – when we’ve had a Labour government it’s because we’ve had to reach across that border to the so-called enemy.’

What’s the story with your character, Nottinghamshire MP David Lyons?

‘It’s about his marriage, his work, his relationship with his constituency agent, who’s played by Tamsin Greig. She’s more traditional left, and when I come up in 1990 looking like a bank manager, I am a threat to everything she holds dear. What the play gives you is a great window inside what might have been the thinking behind New Labour. I remember being 17 and thinking: What is this bullshit? But obviously Mandelson wasn’t waking up thinking: I’m going to be a real twat today. He wanted to get Labour into power because he is Labour to his bones.’

Were you ever courted by New Labour?

‘No, not at all. I think “The Office” was a bit too hip for New Labour, it was a bit too BBC2; they were a bit more Noel Gallagher and Chris Evans.’

‘Blairite’ is a bit of a dirty word in Labour these days – how do you feel about it?

‘I think you can get too swept up in name-calling, I’m less interested in that than I was a few years ago. I just feel whatever works: if it builds schools and opens hospitals and funds the police and helps people with housing I’m like: yeah, fine, I don’t care what you want to call it.’

What do you make of Jeremy Corbyn?

‘When I voted for him to be leader I knew that all that T-shirt and badge politics was nonsense: surrounding yourself with people who agree with you is useless, pointless. It’s just that he happened to say things that chimed with me more than the other three. That was it. He said stuff I wanted Labour to be saying. I think he wants a fair country and that is the job of a Labour leader.’

You were last on stage as Richard III. Was there a sense of going against type in playing theatre’s most famous villain?

‘If somebody of [director] Jamie Lloyd’s quality says “Do you want to do ‘Richard III?”, you say yes. I mean I read some fucking bullshit with that. Guess what, somebody’s going to call me an everyman – astonishing! Where have you pulled that from? Smart people… think of the most venerated drama critics, and they’re comparing it to “The Office”. Lazy.’

You’re not a fan of constantly being described as an ‘everyman’, then?

‘It’s just so amazingly boring. It’s a bland word that I don’t take as a compliment at all. Even if you mean it as a compliment, find another fucking word! These cunts write for a living – there are other fucking words, bitch!’

Click here for more info on Labour of Love and to buy tickets.

Multimedia from this morning’s Martin’s talk on BBC Radio 2

A lot of nice photos, videos and clips became available after this morning’s Martin’s apperance in BBC Radio 2 “The Chris Evans Breakfast show” in which both Martin and Tamsin Greig – his co-star in Labour of Love – talked about the play and enjoyed a live performance by The Fizz which included some dancing.

Some photos came from Social Media, click on the photos to access larger versions:

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Even a lucky fan:

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Then there were some uploads from the programme’s website featuring Martin and Tamsin, click on the photos to go to the Gallery and find larger versions:

There are several clips from the show. You can listen and watch them here. If you want to listen to the entire show (Martin and Tamsin appears during the last hour aproximately, i’d say 8:30 am considering the show starts at 6:30), you can do so from the BBC website here but only for 29 days. There’s no country restrictions for this. But we’ve uploaded the entire audio here (important: 420mb m4a file).

As if that’s NOT enough, a band called The Fizz played some songs during the show and for their last performance they played their own cover of DNCE’s Cake By The Ocean. Luckily, this performance during the show has a video and you can watch them on the BBC website here, or you can also download the video if you want (we’ve uploaded it for you, it’s an HQ 37mb mp4 file). But I’m sure you want a little preview, don’t you?

Last but definitely not least, we have some UHQ photos of Martin arriving and leaving BBC’s studios at Wogan House. We’ll make a separe post for that later! So watch this space!

More £10 tickets released for Labour of Love

As you probably know by now, when Labour of Love was announced they said that they were going to be offering 20000 tickets at £10, sponsored by more expensive tickets (that range from £40ish, £60is and £90ish). They probably – as it usually happens in plays – they didn’t released all of them at once and today they are announcing that more £10 tickets are available to be purchased. So if you were having doubts, go ahead and try to get yours now!

Martin Freeman and Tamsin Greig on BBC Radio 2

Tomorrow, Friday 22nd September, Martin and Tamsin – the two stars of Labour of Love – will be on BBC Radio 2 tomorrow at The Chris Evans Breakfast Show which airs from 6:30 to 9:30, discussing the new play that is less than a week from opening the previews. You can listen to it live on BBC Radio 2 website. Or you can catch it later from the programme’s website (linked before). We will be publishing the clip as soon as posible after it’s available.

The play is closer each day. Michael Grandage Company – one of the companies behind Labour of Love – published some stories showing the signs already up at the Noël Coward Theatre. EXCITING.

 

Labour of Love reheasal photos

Today WhatsOnStage – a leading online publication of all things theatre – published some exclusive photos of rehearsals for Labour of Love taken at Jerwood Studio. The photos were taken by Marc Brenner – who also took the photos for Martin’s Richard III. Even though they are not HQ, we’ve uploaded them to our gallery to share with all of you, click on the photo to view the rest.

 

Startup season 2 episodes 1 to 3 exclusive preview for Amazon Fire

Yesterday (Monday 18th) the people behind Startup announced that the first 3 episodes are available for owners of Amazon Fire tablets or Amazon Fire TV. Needless to say this is a preview before the long awaited season 2 that is set to premiere free on Crackle’s platform.

However, a very kind Martin fan (Amanda from 88thparallel.tumblr.com) has access to Amazon Fire TV and generously allowed us to share with you some screen captures of Martin’s scenes from these first episodes and they are already in our gallery which you can access from the link above or clicking any of the selected photos we are showing below.