A very interesting Q&A with Martin Freeman has been published in the weekend version of The Guardian. You can read it here or click below for an excerpt.Continue reading New Q&A for The Guardian
As we’ve mentioned in a previous post about Breeders, Martin gave an interview for The Telegraph. If you have premium access to the site you can read it here. Otherwise, you can read it here from a tumblr post.
In this interview Martin discusses Sherlock, his new show Breeders, his upcoming album compilation with Eddie Piller “Jazz on the corner” as well as parenting and Black Panther.
As part of the Black Panther press tour, in this new interview Martin talks about his concerns over the privacy of his kids:
Last night, for instance, my kids came to the Black Panther premiere,” he says. “And it was a big deal for me and Amanda, to work out how we get them in and experience some of the excitement of it without having to pose for pictures with them. Look, there are worse things in the world. But it’s a pain in the arse and I don’t like it.
His new family dinamics now that he’s some sort of a single parent:
it’s lovely to be part of a family, of course it is. It’s lovely. But then the parents . . .” He trails off, regroups and adds: “We have a fine old time, me and my kids, and I know they do with Amanda. And fortunately, me and Amanda get on like a house on fire. We’re very close.
His future projects:
There’s a comedy series that he’s developing for TV called “Breeders” (“I can’t say any more than that!”), a documentary on 2 Tone Records and possibly another Marvel movie. Which can only mean one thing. “I’m successful,” he says, grinning, tongue only slightly in cheek. “I’m not saying that I deserve it. Or that I am any good at it. But you would have to acknowledge that I am successful.”
And his choices for a perfect weekend:
Pub or red carpet?
Pub. And I don’t even like the pub
Suit or tracksuit?
Street food or Michelin-starred meal?
Neither, but street food is more likely
Team sports or go for a run?
Again, neither. But team sports
Wine or water?
I’m Catholic. I can do both at the same time.
How many unread emails in your inbox?
I couldn’t get through the weekend without . . .
Several articles appeared with quotes from Martin regarding his character Everett K. Ross. More will probably be published as we are only 3 weeks away from the premiere of Black Panther. Let’s see what he says. Click on Read more to continue reading.
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:
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.