|Paddy Considine Webchat|
The Tyrannosaur director takes your questions
He's been one of our favourite actors for ages, thanks to great performances in everything from Dead Man's Shoes to The Bourne Ultimatum to A Room For Romeo Brass. But now Paddy Considine has turned to directing, with his debut Tyrannosaur starring Peter Mullan and Olivia Coleman. Ahead of its UK release on October 7, we put the director through that most terrifying of ordeals: your questions...
Duncan green: Where did the idea for the new film come from?
From the murky depths of my being!
oo1rob: What's it like directing Peter Mullan, as in another director?
It's perfectly brilliant to direct Peter Mullan. I'd say the fact that he was a director was something that he never imposed on set, if that makes sense. He was just a great actor, and it was a privilege.
Rgirvan1391: Hello Paddy, why is the film called Tyrannosaur? And just what is your favourite kind of dinosaur?
I love tyrannosaurs actually; it's my favourite. The king of the dinosaurs! But it's called Tyrannosaur because you're going to have to pay to see the film to find that one out, mate!
djr: How did you approach the role of director in comparison to that of the actor?
It's different being a director. I suppose, especially if it's a story you've written and you feel compelled to tell, in some ways it's a lot easier than acting because you're orchestrating the piece. As an actor sometimes you're trying to second-guess what people want. I had a pretty good idea of the film I wanted to make in terms of visually, and the pace, so I actually found it a lot easier being on the outside and orchestrating it all.
Morrellosaurus: Hey Paddy, did you ask Shane for any directing tips? If so, what was the most useful he gave you?
|Tyrannosaur was hard work, but it was really creative and creatively rewarding work.|
Sambo87: Hi Paddy, so Tyrannosaur took you a week to write and six weeks to shoot. Was it hard work?
It was hard work, but it was really creative and creatively rewarding work - and it took four weeks to shoot! It was just a great experience and it was only exhausting because you were putting so much of yourself into the work. Being a director is almost like being another sort of character, but you're out of view. On the last day I did have a little cry because it was quite mentally exhausting - just the subject matter really, and the pressure on your head to be in that space. But it was the most rewarding thing I've ever done.
DancingClown: Hi, Paddy, your interview in Empire gave the impression that you were willing to throw in the towel with acting for good in favour of directing. Say it ain't so.
It ain't so. But for whatever reasons that were written about in Empire, I have to believe that there's something in me that says I haven't done yet. But as an actor I only want really to work with great people. I hope now, between acting and directing, I can be a little selective about who I work with in the future.
murf888: Olivia Colman has been getting quite a bit of praise for her role. Did you always have her in mind for the part of Hannah?
Yes. I met her on Hot Fuzz, and I'd written a short film, Dog Altogether, and I was going through people who could possibly play that role. It was only a small role, but the minute I met Olivia, I wasn't familiar with a lot of her work, but on personality alone I realised I wanted to cast her. When it came to Tyrannosaur I wrote the film very much with Olivia in mind. It was basically her role and I didn't want anyone else to play it.
|Paddy on the set of Tyrannosaur with Olivia Colman|
DancingClown: Hi Paddy, the subject matter is fairly dark, so how does that affect the atmosphere on the set?
Surprisingly, we had a really good atmosphere, and everybody - it's like being in a theatre company, a good film set - everybody just integrates. They're there for the bigger picture, not themselves, and people seem to invest all their time and effort into Tyrannosaur. We were all very loving about it all, and when you're working with good actors, you don't have to worry. If Olivia's doing a vulnerable scene with Eddie Marsan, there's no obtuse behaviour. Acting is an exercise in trust, and I think people forget that.
grub: Hey Paddy, can you give us any news on your role as Bartley Gorman - King Of The Gypsies? Is Shane still in line to direct and if not, would you be interested in taking on the challenge of actor/director?
King of the Gypsies is very much Shane's project, and I wrote a version of the script with him a few years ago but I'm not really sure where Shane's at with it. That's more a question for him really. I think it may be a movie that he will get round to doing, but maybe it's something that needed to wait a few years. I'm not sure about my involvement as Bartley Gorman but I'd love to be involved in some way.
papworth: You once revealed that you get the infamous line 'You, ya c**t’ said to you by people on the street. Is it fair to say that line is your ‘You talkin’ to me?’
Yeah. I mean, luckily it's only happened a couple of times, but once I was with my kids and someone tapped on the window of the restaurant and said it, and it was a bit unnerving to say the least.
Sambo87: One of my favourite films is Hot Fuzz, how long did it take you to grow that mind-blowing handlebar moustache? Thought I might try it.
I think, properly, it took me about four weeks. Rafe Spall never quite grew one. He struggled a lot, although he's a lot bigger than me, and taller. They had to embellish his moustache with yak hair.
Sambo87: Do you enjoy doing comedy work as much as drama? You seem to fill both criteria well from Hot Fuzz to Dead Mans Shoes.
I just want to work with good people. I have no reference, but in both those examples, I was in great company and there was a great atmosphere on set. I just want to do good work.
pamela86: Have you worked with any particular actor/actress/director that has really impressed you, when you think for a moment
Yes! I did a film for HBO TV, which ended up being called PU-239. There was an actor in it, it was his first film, called Oscar Isaac, and I just thought he was an incredible talent. I was very fascinated with him, because he had this great snap and energy, and he sort of keeps turning up in films. He was fantastic in Robin Hood, and I saw him just last night in Drive. It was one of the smaller roles in the film, but he's one of those guys who can get in there, and is very authentic and makes an impact. I'd love to direct him.
kathen: You've worked with Richard Ayoade in an Arctic Monkeys video. Leading into a connecting question, any favourite bands you'd love to direct for?
I'd love to make an epic Guided By Voices movie, a video for every song. There's probably 10,000 songs, so it's a lifetime's work.
Sambo87: I love Dead Man’s Shoes, it's a brilliant, moving film. Was it difficult for you to write the screenplay or did it flow out of you?
We did really well on it. The way that it works with me and Shane is that we knock about ideas with each other, then we stand up and act things out against each other, and it's a process that's really natural and seems to work that way. But it wasn't a very drawn-out process - we did it over a few weeks and it came together quite naturally. There were changes and there was improvisation in the film, but the basics of the movie were there.
|Dead Man's Shoes|
Necroscope: I'm sure I heard somewhere of a prequel/sequel to Dead Man's Shoes. Can you confirm/deny/supply anything on this?
I heard that there was some money, somebody in Australia wanted us to make a sequel or a prequel to Dead Man's Shoes, and me and Shane actually spoke about it once and knocked ideas about. But there was nothing - zero - that came out of it that was remotely plausible. I think that story's told with that character.
kathen: Favourite sandwich? Because it's lunchtime.
I like coronation chicken, brown bread.
oo1rob: What are we gonna see you on screen in next?
I'm not sure. I suppose Now Is Good with Dakota Fanning may be the next thing.
jamia2283: Were you disappointed with the lack of promotion for Blitz and what are your thoughts on the movie?
I haven't seen it.
Disco Ninja: Hi Paddy, my question is what would your dream role be/is there a part that you would have loved to play in any already existing film?
No, because I think they're perfect enough without me in them, all my favourite movies. Although I'd love to think that at some point in my life there'd be the equivalent of a Randall Patrick McMurphy.
Rgirvan1391: Edgar Wright has joked about a spin-off movie starring the two Andys called Ultimate ‘Stache - is there anyway you can convince him to make this happen?
No. I suggested a really lame idea for a sequel to Hot Fuzz where you take the country cops to the city, as a sort of Crocodile Dundee thing, but he wouldn't buy it.
oo1rob: When was the last time you were star stuck?
Actually, the last time I was star struck was when I was in the Elgin pub on Ladbroke Grove and saw Mick Jones having a quick half, and thought, "Do I go over and tell him how much I love The Clash and Audio Dynamite and Gorillaz? Or do I just leave it?" But I bottled it.
samskuse: Do you have any advice for young people starting out in the industry as an actor, as I currently am.
Yeah - just keep doing it. And be yourself. That's it, but it's very important.
poop: You've done work on music videos (Arctic Monkeys) and where involved in Le Donk. Have you considered a musical career of your own?
Well I do have a band, and we just recorded our first album; we're putting it out independently next year. But I don't envisage a rock 'n' roll career. I can assure you we're better than 30 Odd Foot Of Grunts!
DancingClown: How was it working with Russell Crowe in Cinderella Man, given his reputation?
I saw a great side to Russell, and he was very kind to get me ringside seats to Ricky Hatton's world title fight in Manchester.
rstudios: Who is the one director you'd do anything to work for?
The Coen Brothers.
DeadMansFlipFlop: Would you ever do a superhero movie? Have you ever come close or had talks about being in one in any capacity?
There was a vague whiff around the Watchmen, when Paul Greengrass had the project. But the reality is Jackie Earle Haley was incredible in that role, and I couldn't have got anywhere near what he did in that film.
Big_Pants: Who inspired the classy look for Graham Purvis in Submarine?
The look was based on the guy from King of Kong, Billy Mitchell, and the voice was based vaguely on David Icke.
Sambo87: Do you have any other directing projects in the pipeline or can you not talk about them?
|It doesn't matter if a film's big or small; only bullshit ruins a film.|
phatalbert: As an actor turned director do you think that gives you an advantage that other directors may not have in terms understanding an actor's psychology and using that to draw out strong performances?
A huge advantage! With directors, some have a kind of in-built ability to just know how to work with actors and get the best out of actors, and some don't have a clue about acting. I think it'd be a good idea if directors put themselves in front of the camera, or even went on a six-week drama course, just to know a little bit about what that feels like.
oo1rob: What has been YOUR favourite film as a member of the audience recently?
Diary of a Wimpy Kid! The audition scene for the Wizard of Oz is a piece of genius!
Rgirvan1391: Hi Paddy, what do you think about the state of British filmmaking as a whole, with the recent changes to government funding? Do you see it getting more difficult to get funding for films in the coming years ahead?
I think it's a shame when the arts have to suffer because of corporate greed. People will always strive to make film and the only important thing is that we keep trying to make ourselves heard and keep making our films, no matter what the climate is.
Maria St: Hi Paddy! You've worked on big Hollywood blockbusters as well as smaller productions. What is the biggest difference between the behind the scenes production of say a Bourne Ultimatum type film and a film like Tyrannosaur?
Bourne was a real rare beast, because it was shot so... my scenes in Waterloo Station were shot in situ, around real commuters, so it felt like making a small movie, and they were able to get a big name like Matt Damon into that environment and shoot without making too much noise. Most big films arrive in town and you know that they're there. Bourne was more stealth-like, which suited the aesthetic. It doesn't matter if a film's big or small; only bullshit ruins a film.
jolly_ramon: What's your favourite TV programmes to watch at the moment? Would it be something like X-Factor or HBO?
I'm an absolute sucker for the X-Factor. But I only just recently watched Carnivale and I really, really enjoyed it. It's a shame it got cut short.
|Paddy starred in Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980|
bob: Hi Paddy what do you think of the end product of Red Riding?
I thought it was a bold thing to attempt. I think they worked really well. 1980 worked very well (that was a joke).
devoy: What role if any do you regret turning down?
None. I regret taking some!
alex: I don't recall ever seeing you in a sci-fi movie, would that be something you'd like to do?
Yeah, if the subject matter's right. It depends what side of sci-fi you're talking. If you're talking the Moon/Blade Runner side, then count me in. If you're talking Transformers 3, then don't talk to me at all.
DancingClown: So, Paddy, how about 3D? Is it The Future? Or inane, pointless bollocks?
When people take their time and do it properly, it's amazing. It's when they try to make a film that isn't designed for the 3D effect and try to shovel it to you, that's when it fails.
Deviation: Paddy, who would you consider your biggest influences as a director or an actor (or both)?
My biggest influence as a director... I'd say that I really love people like Peter Bogdanovich, Hal Ashby. I don't know if they're influences, but their work certainly inspires me. And Milos Forman. I think if I was to suggest who was probably the biggest influence on me, from an actor/director point, someone that I've worked with, I would probably have to say Pawel Pawlikowski.
evermorefilms: What's your own favourite performance and why?
|I don't want to produce films. Producing's for accountants.|
James: Hi Paddy! Do you get nervous on the first day of shooting?
I get nervous on every day of shooting. I get nervous on the read-through, and at the meeting!
bob: Have you any plans to delve into the Production side of things or are you purely sticking to Acting/Directing?
Yeah, I don't want to produce. Producing's for accountants.
alex: What’s your favourite British film?
I think it would be Saturday Night And Sunday Morning. I had the luxury of meeting Albert Finney, and when I told him I was a fan he began to quote it to me.
jolly_ramon: After this, is it your day off, or are you working on a project at the moment?
I continue on this tour of Tyrannosaur in cinemas around the UK. I go off to write another version of The Leaning, and then I'm doing a film with a first-time director who's a very good writer called Shan Khan. Then it's Christmas, and time to put a stone on.
Sambo87: Are you happy with the amount of work you have available for you over in Britain or would you like to do more overseas?
I had an American agent but I sort of ended that because I realised that I wasn't cut out for the Hollywood treadmill, and I wouldn't compromise. But, saying that, it does limit you, because ultimately I'd like to work with lots of different filmmakers. But I wouldn't live overseas.
oo1rob: Am trying to get a script of the ground, any advice? For a director?
If you believe in it, then just keep knocking on doors and keep trying to get people interested. If you have enough passion and drive, your film will get made.
Larry of Arabia: Yourself and Scor-zay-zee opened for the Arctic Monkeys at Old Trafford - how was it and would you do it again if the opportunity came up?
Terrifying, brilliant, and never again!
AlvySinger: If you could have a pint with any actor or director, who would it be?
I've probably had pints with most people. I'd like a pint with Lee Marvin.
leo1875: Was being on Shooting Stars as much fun as it looked?
It was heaven. I love Vic and Bob. When I did Romeo Brass, they invited me down to London and took me out for the night because they were such big fans of the film. I think I scared Vic with how much of a fan I was, as I could quote all their work. I actually get asked to go on a lot of things, and I don't do 'em, but Shooting Stars, when I heard they were doing a new series, I demanded to be on it.
phatalbert: Considering your previous answer regarding the advantages over being an actor who has turned to directing... what is the key skill required for a director to be labelled as "an actor's director"?
I think it's a whole different kind of relationship and understanding of acting. People like Shane, for example, innately have the skill. I really think that it's about how much time you invest into your actors, how much you live with the material, and the environment that you create on set.
thomasheatley: Are you planning to delve into comedy further? I think a half hour sitcom with canned laughter starring yourself as Le Donk would be perfect
No, there's somewhere in the world there's a piece of affection for Le Donk. I think if people really had responded to it, we would have made another, but it was such a small audience that responded to that movie that I'm not sure there'd be any point. Maybe in ten years time it might gain some cult status because I think we really enjoyed making it.
rstudios: As a director how do you approach working with the actors to reach the final scene? I.e. Lots of rehearsing? Improvisation? Lots of takes on the day?
No improvisation on Tyrannosaur. Great actors will take the script and make it work. Lots of rehearsing works, because at least the cast can become familiar with each other and the material. I only did three takes, tops. It's more about your communication of the material, and creating a world where they can play.
Big_Pants: A few years ago at the BIFA's you said I was the first person to ask you for an autograph. I suspect that was a lie but how do you feel about fans in general, are you comfortable with being recognised?
Luckily, the people that approach me have really taken certain films to heart like, for example, Dead Man's Shoes - people felt that they'd discovered that film. It's very personal to them, so mostly I get nice people. But like always you get the odd arsehole, but generally I'm lucky.
GT_Dublin: Has any comment from a movie critic, regarding your work, ever really bothered you?
Yeah, immensely. I'm ashamed that it affected me to the point where it affected my work for longer than it ever should have. I've got slightly better at ignoring things. I can only do what I do, and I'm going to drop the ball sometimes.
AlvySinger: Any chance of acting in something Peter Mullen directs?
It would be incredible. But realistically, Peter would only ever cast me if I was right for the role. He wouldn't just put me in there because I'm a mate.
djr: Would you prefer to have legs the length of your fingers or fingers the length of your legs?
Can I have both?
Thank you very much for taking time out of your day - you should all be working!