The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. Today’s subject is the BAFTA-nominated actor Stephen Graham, who is currently starring in Apple’s Tom Hanks war movie Greyhound. Graham is a much-feted British character actor and one of the busiest names in the business.
He racked up credits in the 1990s on UK television dramas including Coronation Street and The Bill, which led to small roles in Guy Ritchie’s Snatch and Martin Scorsese’s Gangs Of New York. The 2006 feature This Is England provided his breakout moment, playing the menacing white supremacist skinhead Combo. Since then, Graham starred as Al Capone in Boardwalk Empire, collaborated again with Scorsese on The Irishman and has featured in a raft of bluechip British dramas, including The Virtues, Taboo, A Christmas Carol and Save Me.
In The Film That Lit My Fuse, Graham reflects on his love of Ken Loach’s Kes, reveals the important role that Gary Oldman has played in his career, and outlines his ambitions for his new production company Matriarch Productions. Check out the video above.
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