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December 12th, 2015 Game of Thrones, Good Vibrations admin 0 Comments

Game of thrones star plays a murder investigation in a new pivot series, set in the far north, that also features Christopher Eccleston.

On ‘Game of Thrones,” Richard Dormer played Lord Beric, a character who was killed and resurrected a half dozen times. Still, Dormer says he’s never played a character as “complicated” as Dan Anderssen, sheriff of Fortitude. “Fortitude,” set in an isolated far northern town of the same name, premieres at 10 p.m. Thursday on Pivot.

It also stars Christopher Eccleston, Michael Gambon and Stanley Tucci, whose Inspector Eugene Morton comes to town to help Anderssen investigate a murder. They don’t quite trust each other, and Morton doesn’t trust Fortitude, which has some Twin Peaks lurking in its DNA. “Dan is a by-the-book guy and Morton is not,” Dormer explains.

“Dan thinks he’s cruel. Dan’s also a very good sheriff. He knows the people, he works with them. But don’t cross him, either, because he has a lot of anger. He can be as ferocious as a polar bear.”
What makes Anderssen so interesting to play, says Dormer, is what’s not on the surface. “We never see him at his house,” Dormer notes.

“We never see him out of uniform. We don’t know where he goes when his work day ends. “He goes from A to Z to W to D to T. I’ve never had a character so hard to get a handle on.” The 45-year-old Dormer acknowledges that between “Fortitude” and “Thrones,” the role for which he is most recognized on the street, he has developed a cold-weather screen persona.

“I could live in a community like Fortitude,” he says, though for the present he and his wife, theater director Rachel O’Riordan, live in Belfast. “Fortitude is like the world in microcosm. It’s like watching America or Russia, only you’re isolated. Once you’re inside, you can’t escape.”

29 January 2015

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December 12th, 2015 Fortitude admin 0 Comments

If you don’t stop scum you end up working for them,”opines Inspector Taylor (played by actor Richard Dormer from Lisburn, outside Belfast) in the crackling new crime movie Hyena.

Directed by newcomer Gerard Johnson, Hyena couldn’t be accused of dodging controversial issues like police corruption, drug-running and human trafficking.Nor does it soften its physical effects, showing forced heroin injection, bodily mutilation and rape.It isn’t pretty but it is pulsating.
As the title implies Hyena reveals the law of the jungle; in this case that means the urban jungle.
Set in West London, with mostly location filming, it’s an exquisite illustration of a modern, fertile but fierce environment.

The story centres on Michael Logan (Peter Ferdinando), a corrupt but charismatic copper, and the world of moral decay in which he moves. Up against Logan is Dormer’s Taylor, of the Met’s Professional Standards Department, a clean-cut figure fixated on snaring Logan in his net. The confrontation between the two is less a duel in the sun and more a deadly wrestle beneath the Westway.

Not that Taylor is Logan’s only adversary. As an authority who’s used to running things on his manor, Logan shares a mutual understanding with the dominant Turkish gangsters on his patch.
While on agreeable terms with local ganglords, he takes a cut from their drugs and prostitution rackets, even investing cash in their narcotics importation. But control begins to slip from Logan’s grip when a turf war sees an Albanian gang take over.

More sinister than anything even the hardest men have seen before, this gang’s violence (severed limbs, decapitated heads) creates a maelstrom that sees Logan’s command collapse.
The narrative tone intermixes naturalistic acting with some brilliant stylised set pieces.

One scene where Logan and his heavies raise hell in a swish nightclub is especially effective, with slow-motion and shadowy imagery backed up by a thumping electronic soundtrack.
Hyena is a moral notch above most London-based crime movies. Unlike, say, Matthew Vaughn’s Layer Cake (2004) or almost anything in Guy Richie’s oeuvre, it doesn’t lovingly glorify gangsters with slick stylings. Instead, like Johnathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast (2000), Hyena expertly exposes the gangland milieu and its psychotic turbulence.

The film is another score in Richard Dormer’s credit column. After several years of steady supporting work, the 45-year-old actor has risen in profile in recent times. Among his other successes, Dormer’s status was immeasurably boosted in 2013 after playing Belfast’s maverick music man Terri Hooley in the award-winning Good Vibrations.

Of course, Dormer had won acclaim before. In 2003 he drew many plaudits for his one-man stage narrative Hurricane, a portrait of snooker player Alex Higgins.“Dormer simply becomes Higgins,”one critic wrote. For some time his screen roles tended to be colour parts, adding texture around the main characters. But still he seemed able to uplift anything he appeared in, such as Kieron J Walsh’s honourable but uneven thriller Jump (2011).

Part of Dormer’s screen appeal is his versatility. His appearance is hard to define.
His looks are not the rugged Hollywood kind of Gabriel Byrne or Michael Fassbender, nor the delicate prettiness of Aidan Gillen or Cillian Murphy. Rather, his clean, attractive features give him an everyman persona that somehow broadens his range. This makes Dormer the most unpredictable Irish actor since Colm Meaney or even Richard Harris.

Dormer currently plays the enigmatic Dan Anderssen, sheriff of the isolated Norwegian town in Sky Altantic’s eerie drama Fortitude.Halfway through the series and viewers are still unsure if Dan is hero or villain. Is he the evil presence that haunts the townsfolk, or the only one who can protect them? Either way, Dan constantly has his eyes focussed, his teeth gritted and his firearm to hand. “He’s a good man who’s had to do bad things, Dormer explains.

The somewhat priggish Taylor in Hyena is a different animal to Dan Anderssen, but the conviction Dormer brings the role is the same. His being slight of frame beside the beefy Ferdinando means the two antagonists complement each other in opposition, both physically and morally.
Among the film’s commendable features is its depiction of moral ambivalence by our supposed moral guardians. If Ferdinando’s Logan breaks all rules except that of survival, then Dormer’s Taylor bends his own principles to hunt his prey.

As a cinema watch Hyena is far from a beautiful experience but it is cinematic in its ugliness and beautifully crafted in its narrative.Johnson’s film is sensuously powerful without resorting to sensationalism. The performances are equally terrific and terrifying, not least in the climactic scene between Dormer and Ferdinando.

3 march 2015

Source: Irish Post

December 12th, 2015 Hyena admin 0 Comments

There aren’t many people left out there who have never sat down and watched Game of Thrones, but Northern Irish actor Richard who plays Beric Dondarrion in the hit TV series, just so happens to be one of them.

Speaking exclusively to the talented actor known primarily for his starring role in the magnificent biographical drama Good Vibrations, and for playing Dan Anderssen in Fortitude he explained why he’s chosen not to watch any Game of Thrones, and whether we can expect to see his character return in the forthcoming season. He also discusses his latest project Hyena, and what it was that attracted him to getting involved in this gritty crime drama.

So what first attracted you to getting involved in Hyena?
Well I saw Gerard Johnsons previous film Tony and I thought it was great and I’d heard good things about him and thought I’d like to work with the guy.

Is the director the biggest draw then when deciding whether to enter in to a project?
Yeah the director, the script and the cast. But probably the script most importantly.

Both Gerard and lead star Peter Ferdinando are of course cousins, and Gerard even had his brother do the soundtrack – it sounds like such a personal, passion project for him. Was that something that came across in his directing and rubbed off on the cast?

Yeah I think so, but then again every director who gets to a point where they’re getting their film made, they have to be personal and they have to be passionate, otherwise they can’t put their stamp on it. I think it was just business as usual really. Gerard puts his head down and is a hard worker and he’s great fun to work with as well.

Did you do much research into the police force?
Gerard sent me a couple of DVDs about bent coppers so all I had to do was a bit of online research, but not much. I was just playing the guy how I thought he should be played.

Was it quite eye-opening – and terrifying – to hear and witness that level of corruption going on behind the scenes.
Yeah it was pretty scary. A lot of the stuff in Hyena is based on similar events, so there’s a pretty dark, seedy underbelly to the London crime scene, it’s pretty gross.

Peter actually went on a real life police raid – I’m assuming you didn’t get involved with that?

[Laughs] No, I didn’t. But that’s Peter, he likes to really throw himself in. But then again he’s the lead character and in every other scene so he really had to disappear into that part, whereas I didn’t have such a tough job, I was only on set for about four days, so it was a lot easier for me.

In regards to the character of Nick, we sort of like him, but he’s flawed to say the least. He seems to fighting for the right cause, but doesn’t necessarily go about it the right way.

That’s the challenge, if you spend too long with monsters you become a monster. The character spent too long looking into the abyss. He’s working with horrible people and it’s only natural that some of those traits wear off on the good guys, so the good guys, in a sense, almost become like the people they’re trying to get.

When you played Terri Hooley in Good Vibrations – somebody who is so inherently optimistic – compared to Nick, who has quite a negative view on the world – is there one type of character you enjoy portraying more on screen?

Oooh. I haven’t played enough screen parts to favour one or the other, good or bad. I just like a character in a story that is interesting, that has something to say. Whether it be a raging, wild-eyed optimist, or somebody incredibly dark and destructive. It’s the story and the character – and whether they’re good enough, and if so, I’m there.

You’re still moving between TV and film at the moment – and given how similar they are these days, is it quite easy to move between the two? Are they almost interchangeable?

They are now, largely thanks to the production value going in to TV these days. I just started True Detective and I watched two episodes, and I was thinking while watching it, this is a movie. It’s the same with Fortitude, the production values are so good it just looks incredibly cinematic. The reason you’re getting these good actors is because they are able to go on a journey through 10 hours that they would normally do in two – and an actor really loves to do TV because they really dig deep into the character.

It must give more opportunities to actors such as yourself too – because you don’t have TV actors and film actors, you can just be both.

I think so yeah, because it’s easier to cross from the small screen to the big screen. But the big screen isn’t what it used to be. People can get their entertainment now at home, though to be honest that has been the way for the last 30 years because of VHS; God, I’m so old. But you don’t get the big a-listers, the Bruce Willis and Mel Gibsons of the world doing TV, so there are still big cinema stars, so it’s not as simple as that I suppose.

Talking of the production value of TV – Game of Thrones has been shown on cinema screens. It must be nice to know that shows you’re in on the smaller screen qualify to be shown in cinemas as well?

Totally, and we did that with Fortitude. We did a world premiere and showed it in a cinema, and it sat incredibly well on the big screen, because in a way, that’s what the cinematographers and directors were aiming for – a truly cinematic experience. Nowadays of course you’ve got these big 50 inch TV screens in your own homes, so that’s like a small cinema.

As for Game of Thrones, not long now until the forthcoming season – can we expect to see any Beric Dondarrion at all?

Well, I’m not in it. I don’t know whether Beric is coming back, they haven’t spoken to me about it. But no, I’m definitely not, as far as I know! At least, I can’t remember being in season five. But he may come back, I don’t know.

As you’re not in the next season – will you still be watching it now as a fan might, enjoying it as an audience member would?

I haven’t seen a single episode of Game of Thrones. When I got the part I did a lot of research on the internet and wikipedia, and I watched a lot of the fight scenes stuff to get a gist of what the world was – but no I didn’t watch it. I felt the character pretty much stands alone.

Do you often avoid stuff you’re in?

Well, I loved watching Good Vibrations, it was a very emotional experience watching that because it was my first lead in a film, and because it was such a labour of love, everyone involved made one big family and we did it on so little money, and we achieved a great little film. I’ve been watching Fortitude – I’m somebody who doesn’t find it that difficult to watch myself, just because it’s not me, it’s a character. It’s not that difficult.

4 March 2015

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December 12th, 2015 Good Vibrations, Hyena admin 0 Comments

The UK talent has never looked so good when faced with the gritty and brutal world of Hyena. In a film that stars the brilliant Peter Ferdinando, acclaimed Stephen Graham, upcoming Neil Gaskell and Tony Pitts as corrupt police officers who are caught between the Albanian gangs and a police investigation cracking down on them. That latter force?

That’s Richard Dormer. The Irish actor, who can also be seen in the glacier drama Fortitude and Yenn Demange’s recent ’71 film, portrays Nick Taylor – a cop with a grudge against our lead character Michael and will not stop until he has brought him down.

Though his character is only in it for a few moments, Dormer is electrifying. And luckily, I’m With Geek were able to talk to the actor about his upcoming role in Gerard Johnson’s Hyena.

How are you?

I’m great, thank you – this is an exciting week.

What drew you to Hyena?

I’d seen previous seen Tony, the first film that Gerard did and it was very well made. It’s very scary and from that point, I just knew I wanted to work with the director.

His character is very much good cop, bad cop but he really has a grudge against Michael. What techniques did you use to creative such a chip on his shoulder and this disdain?

I just turned up on the first day and got in my costume. There wasn’t much to do for my character as I’m not in it a lot. I just read a lot about the MET police force and corruption, it was all very fascinating and scary.

Why is police corruption so prevalent in films, particularly in the UK film industry?

There’s nothing worse than the thought that real justice doesn’t exist. That idea that those who are supposed to protect us are partly responsible for that terrible state is horrifying. It creates a lot of paranoia surround this policed “Big Brother” state, you know. What if the good guys are really the bad guys?

You’ve been in prior crime and gritty films such as ’71, why do you think audiences still relate to them?

Hmm, I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it!

How did he react to his characters comeuppance when he read the script? Do you feel it was deserved?

I don’t think so I think he has to do what he has to do. He has slightly more morale than David Knight. But I guess at the end of the day, he is still a thug and he needs to be taken out of the equation.

The film is brutal and violent, is it necessary to the story and did you find it difficult to film?

That scene was pretty gruelling. It was from 10 at night to 5 in the morning on some part of the M24 in the rain. It was very visceral, cold and scary – very repetitive having your brains blown out constantly too. It was a very brutal process.

Would you say that, being a corrupt cop, you’re character Dan in Fortitude is very similar to Nick?

No, I think Dan is a million miles away from Nick, location wise and motivation wise. Dan is very dark and there is a lot going on in the character whereas Nick believes he is doing what is needed.

Is Nick much more impulsive than Dan then?

Oh no, Dan is! He definitely acts on his emotions a lot more than Nick

What draws you into playing a character, is it the script? The story or the part?

It’s the script and the director. As I said, I just wanted to work with Gerard. The script was well written too. I didn’t chose the film based on how many lines I’d get. It’s much more of who is behind the camera and the written work.

Would you work with him again?

I’d work with him again! He is a fantastic director!

What does the future hold for you? What projects?

I have a few things that I am considering but I don’t want to talk about it because it’s all up in the air at the moment. I don’t want to jinx it.

Good luck with them all and have a great week!

3 March 2015

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The Belfast of Good Vibrations is long gone, says the film’s star, Richard Dormer. And, he adds, long may it stay that way.


With his turns as Beric Dondarrion in Game of Thrones and Terri Hooley in the movie Good Vibrations, Richard Dormer seems to have carved a small niche playing one-eyed men. And there’s something vaguely appropriate about that: for decades, his native Northern Ireland was torn asunder by the blinkered vision of sectarian violence and the hatred of those who could only see one side of the equation.
Thankfully, those days are past.

“There’s a minuscule minority of people trying doggedly to rock the boat, but 99.999 per cent of people are going, ‘You know what, we don’t want it any more’,” says Dormer, the 44-year-old stage veteran (as writer and actor) whose first film lead comes in a biopic about Terri Hooley, a man known in his Belfast home town as ”the godfather of punk”.

“It will never go back to what it was, please God. Well, it can’t, because people have seen what an amazing country it can be now,” Dormer says.

Led by Game of Thrones, which has for the past four years done much of its location and studio work there, Northern Ireland has become a thriving hub of production. “It’s given the whole country a new lease of confidence. Where once people were shooting each other, now they’re shooting a really successful TV series.”

Even the BBC is coming to town, he says. “Before if there was a series being made that was supposed to be set in Belfast, they’d shoot it in Liverpool because they were afraid about insurance and trouble taking off, but now they’re actually doubling Belfast for London.”
The Belfast of Good Vibrations is not this beacon of possibility, though, but rather the terror-stricken city of the Troubles.

Hooley was born Protestant but had no truck with all that. He’d lost his eye as a child, a factor Dormer suspects led inadvertently to his fascination with music.
Playing him, Dormer wore a scleral lens that made him completely blind in one eye. ”Over the weeks,” he says, “my other senses heightened. My hearing became really quite clear, and I think that’s what happened to Terri. Once he lost his eye, music really started to hit him.”
A DJ and all-round sociable fellow, in the early 1970s Hooley was threatened from both sides of the sectarian divide with violence if he didn’t clear out.


“His response was, ‘I’ll open a record shop on the most bombed half-mile in Europe, and call it Good Vibrations’,” Dormer says. ”That’s the nature of the man. He just stuck his fingers up to the paramilitaries and the IRA and the factions and said, ‘I’m here for the kids, I love music and I’m staying’.”
Hooley is still there, several closures and the odd bankruptcy later. His shop is now a kind of museum funded by the council because, as Dormer puts it and the film has it, “he’s such a bad businessman that he’d basically give records away rather than sell them”.

Along the way, Hooley gave a start to such acts as The Undertones (he released their seminal single Teenage Kicks, which the late and influential DJ John Peel once called his favourite song ever), and signed Ash and Snow Patrol to his label. Good Vibrations is a jaunty and infectious film that paints all this as a small but far-from-insignificant act of defiance – hope, even – where few dared take a stand. Little wonder, then, that Hooley loves it.

“He cried his eye out the first time he saw it,” Dormer says. “And he’s seen it about 12 times since.”

It’s a random coincidence perhaps, but Dormer’s Game of Thrones character Beric – the seemingly immortal leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, last seen in season three – is missing the other eye. “The Brotherhood Without Banners are rock’n’roll dudes,” he says. “They’re like Robin and his Merry Men, only not that merry.

“I love Beric, it’s a beautiful part. He’s honourable but dangerous,” he adds. “What man wouldn’t want to be dressed in armour with a flaming sword fighting a seven-foot man?”

12 June 2014

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December 12th, 2015 Game of Thrones, Good Vibrations admin 0 Comments

FORTITUDE Interview: Richard Dormer

The drama series Fortitude is about a small mining town in the wild and savage landscape of the Arctic Circle, where polar bears could end you, any time you leave the house. What was once one of the safest places on Earth is rocked by a violent murder, which turns out to have much deeper and more horrific implications that ultimately threaten the future of the town itself.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Richard Dormer (who plays Sheriff Dan Anderssen) talked about what attracted him to the world of Fortitude, how exciting it is that the ground keeps shifting and changing, that everyone has a dark secret, getting along so well with his castmates, how amazing it was to work with Stanley Tucci (who plays former FBI agent and current DCI Eugene Morton), the job of a sheriff in on of the safest places to live, and what it was like to work in such amazing locations. Be aware that there are some spoilers.

Collider: What was your reaction to this script, when you first read it? Did it immediately draw you in?

RICHARD DORMER: I read the first two scripts and I was hooked. I’ve never been as excited, reading a script. Also, when you read something that good, it’s terrifying because you’re thinking, “Oh, god, what if I don’t get this?” I connected, immediately, with all of the characters, but especially with Dan Anderssen, the sheriff. What a great character study, with so many layers. He’s like an onion. You can keep peeling off different bits and go, “Who is he, really?”

What was it about this story and character that really spoke to you?

DORMER: I was fascinated by the world. I thought, “I just want to be a part of this world.” I read it and thought, “I want to see this. This is my type of TV.” It’s drama, but there’s a real intellect to it and an integrity to it. And where it goes is incredibly exciting. Viewers are just going to be taken aback, constantly. The ground keeps shifting. You think you know where you are, but then you go, “Oh, no, it’s not that show. It’s this type of show.” It just constantly keeps shifting. And I just loved the character of Dan. They all have a dark secret, and Dan’s is epic. I thought, “How could someone live with that and interact as if everything is okay?” There’s only one person on the island who knows his secret, and that person doesn’t even know the full story. That’s fascinating. Nobody trusts anybody. A paranoia spreads throughout everybody. They all want to know who’s going to die next.

Everyone on this show comes from such different backgrounds. Did all of the actors have very different approaches?

DORMER: It’s incredibly well cast, and we all got on so well. That’s unusual. Usually, there’s one bad apple, but there were no bad apples in this barrel. There’s no escape on this. You’re there and you’re stuck at a hotel with all of these personalities. But, every single person was just uniquely gifted with their own thing to bring to the table. The casting director did an amazing job. It was genius casting.

There’s such a great dynamic between your character and Stanley Tucci’s character. How was it to work with Stanley Tucci on this?

DORMER: They’re absolute exact opposites. He’s such a mercurial, liquid smooth guy, while my character is incredible stolid, inscrutable and intense. We hit it off immediately, but that antagonism is just there. It’s really interesting to watch. There’s was a lot of trust. We’d turn up and rehearse the scene sometimes, or sometimes we’d go straight into it. He was a joy. I loved watching him. When you’re working with really good actors, it raises your own game and you get better. He was amazing to work with.

How would you describe this show and this community to people?

DORMER: What people like to do is compare it to something, but I don’t think this is comparable to anything. Especially when you get towards Episode 9, 10, 11 and 12, you’re just going to be going, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.” And I can’t tell you what I think it’s like because then that’s giving too much away. This world is a microcosm, and it’s a sociological study about how people cope in extreme adversity. Fortitude, in the dictionary, means strength in the face of adversity. I think that sums it up because these people are faced with the ultimate challenge that even the strongest person in the world would find themselves shaken.

When you’re the sheriff of a community that is supposed to be the safest place on earth, what did the job actually entail, before this murder happened?

DORMER: He works search and rescue. His job is mainly that, if anyone gets lost in the snow, he goes up in a helicopter and will find them and bring them back. I see him as a social worker. He visits people to make sure they’re okay. These people live with the threat that, if they fell over and knocked themselves out, they would freeze to death in 10 minutes. That informs how you behave. You’re constantly aware of the environment. As beautiful as it is, it could kill you, in 10 minutes. And he makes sure that everybody has got their hunting rifles. A lot of the time, because of the polar bears you’re not allowed to go outside the door without your hunting rifle, even if it’s to go to the local shop. The polar bears will come from nowhere, and you’ll be eaten alive. He’s the guardian of the community. There are fights. People drink in this town. He throws people into a holding cell, if they get out of order. The Russian miners come in and start fights. Every other night, there’s a fight. So, he had his hands full, but he didn’t have to deal with anything like murder. And then, when that happens, I think he’s excited. He’s like, “Wow, I could really prove myself.” He rises to the challenge, and completely resents Stanley Tucci’s character arriving. He’s this city guy who comes in, in his nice coat and fancy shoes. He’s going to blow his chance to prove that he could actually be a great sheriff.

Are there people that Dan Anderssen can rely on and trust?

DORMER: The only person he can trust in the entire community is Henry Tyson, who’s Michael Gambon’s character. They’ve known each other quite a few years. There’s a father-son relationship there. They’re best friends. Because of the wedge that’s driven between them, Dan finds himself completely alone, and Henry is completely alone. They were the only two people who could comfort each other.

What’s it like to work in these locations?

DORMER: It’s incredible. I actually wasn’t that cold. I had an outfit that was designed for minus 30 degrees, so I had to work with costume to strap ice packs all over me because I was boiling, even out on the glacier. I was constantly trying to unzip it and take off the hat. I was just sweating. I found it very hot. But when you get out onto a glacier that’s the size of Northern Ireland and it’s so vast, and you’re standing on top of it and you can see forever, it’s so pure and clear that you can see for miles and miles and miles. You really do think, “Wow, there is a god!” You feel very humbled.

What do you enjoy about getting to explore a character’s details and nuances so deeply, over the course of a TV show?

DORMER: This is the first big part that I’ve had, that I’m able to do that, and it’s an absolutely luxury. I can see why so many big-name actors are doing it. They get to do what they can’t do in film, which is to develop that character, to the extent where you start to live and breathe and think like them. You get mannerisms and weird ticks. It’s a real luxury to be able to develop with your character and to go on that journey.


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The star of Sky Atlantic’s new show Fortitude, Lisburn actor Richard Dormer, speaks about landing the part on BBC Radio Ulster’s The Arts Show. He is centre stage of Sky Atlantic’s new show Fortitude – but Lisburn actor Richard Dormer is still as down to earth as ever.

In an interview with Marie-Louise Muir on BBC Radio Ulster’s The Arts Show on Wednesday night, he opened up about landing the role of Dan Anderssen – described as the “big break” in his career.
“It is probably the most fun and exciting thing I have done so far in my career,” said Richard, who also starred in Game of Thrones.

“It is just like suddenly you feel like you are in the big time with all the big guns.”
His co-stars include Academy Award-nominated Stanley Tucci, former Doctor Who Christopher Ecclestone and Singing Detective Michael Gambon, alongside Danish actress Sofie Grabol, star of The Killing.
The show is not even half-way through its 12-part series on Sky Atlantic and already it is a hit with fans.

He said: “I was on the phone to the producer who said the first ratings for it were the highest that Sky Atlantic has ever had for a drama, then they started to slip but that’s normal and after episode 4 I think we are up to around £2m again.

“That is up with Game of Thrones.”

And if things continue to go as they are for the show, a second series may not be far off. Speaking about how he landed the part of Dan, Richard explained how he had initially gone to audition for another part.

“I went down for that part and the next day they called me and said they liked me so much they wanted me to read for the lead,” said Richard. Although he did not initially think he was a good fit for the lead, Richard went for it and the rest is history.

Richard said he had casting director Julie Harkin, a Derry native, to thank for landing the part.
“She said to me, ‘This is even more exciting for me than it is for you to have a Northern Irish man play the lead in the biggest ever British drama’,” he told The Arts Show.

He hinted that following the success of the show there had been a few big offers on the table for other parts but insisted he wasn’t in a rush to take on any old role.”He said: “There’s a couple of things but I am not too keen to jump into another part unless its a really good part. The thing about playing a part like Dam in Fortitude is that it spoils you.

“It is hard to step into something less than that. I am being a bit picky about what to do next.”
But despite what has been described as his big break, the actor said he can still walk around Belfast unnoticed – although he did manage to land a free fish supper.

4 March 2015

Source: Belfastlive.co.uk

December 12th, 2015 Fortitude admin 0 Comments

He’s had his arm chopped off in Game Of Thrones, brought punk to Belfast in Good Vibrations and swung his snooker cue as Alex Higgins.

And while he may be a familiar face in Northern Ireland, Lisburn actor Richard Dormer has now taken centre stage in a major new edge-of-your-seat thriller that debuted last night on both sides of the Atlantic.

Dormer plays grim-faced policeman Dan Anderssen in Fortitude, which co-stars a host of heavy hitters. They include Academy Award-nominated Stanley Tucci, former Doctor Who Christopher Ecclestone and Singing Detective Michael Gambon, alongside Danish actress Sofie Grabol, star of The Killing.
Set in fictional Fortitude – an isolated mining town in the Arctic Circle – Dormer plays enigmatic local sheriff Anderssen. Crime there is virtually non-existent, so when a research scientist’s torn-up body turns up, RADA graduate Dormer’s investigator is thrust to the forefront of events in the freezing Norwegian settlement.

At a cool £25m, the 12-part Sky Atlantic and US Pivot channel co-production is the most expensive British series ever.

While the coldness of Dormer’s Anderssen may be the polar opposite of the warmth exuded by fun-loving Terri Hooley in Good Vibrations, both characters show that Dormer has the screen presence to carry off leading roles in major productions. With TV critics raising hopes that Fortitude could quickly acquire cult status or be the British answer to the ‘Nordic Noir’ that Grabol herself popularised, it looks like Dormer’s day has arrived.

“I thought, bring it on. I’m ready for this. It’s taken me a while but I’m ready for it. I think doing Good Vibrations made me aware of what I was capable of, to carry a big character like that, you know,” he told Culture Northern Ireland.


Source: Belfast Telegraph

December 12th, 2015 Fortitude, Game of Thrones admin 0 Comments

New series is “equally as epic” as George R.R. Martin‘s fantastic world, actor tells TheWrap Social advocacy network Pivot enters new territory with Arctic Circle-thriller “Fortitude,” the channel’s first scripted drama and an ambitious, edge-of-your-couch viewing experience.


The biggest challenge for the potential critical darling is actually the modest size of the platform it can be consumed on, but series star Richard Dormer (“Game of Thrones”) told TheWrap that his new show “is just too good to disappear,” no matter what network puts it out.

“I don’t think any of us were worried about [being on] Pivot starting out,” he said. “Even if people don’t see it straight off when it comes out, they’ll catch up to it because of word-of-mouth.”

Plus, “I think Pivot is the perfect people for this,” Dormer added, trumpeting the channel as a proponent for environmental issues, which arise in the permafrost-laden landscape of the titular town.
The channel’s general manager, Kent Rees, not surprisingly agreed. He reiterated that the series is “a great example of what Pivot is all about — entertainment inspired by the real issues of our time.”
Set in the melting Arctic, the dark psychological drama tells the story of a brutal and shocking murder that shatters the peaceful atmosphere of the tiny, idyllic town of Fortitude. Above-average temperatures lead to a record ice melt that reveals secrets long hidden beneath the frozen landscape.
Dormer’s “deliberately obtuse” Sheriff Dan Andersson must confront the mysteries that arise.

The city’s lead cop squares off against Stanley Tucci‘s DCI Morton, as the two race to solve the aforementioned homicide — and more — in a town where crime previously did not exist. As Pivot’s logline ominously concludes of the duo: “As the search for the killer progresses, their list of suspects — and suspicions of each other — grows.”
Dormer admitted to having some questions about his mysterious character: “[Who] is this guy? Where is he from? Where does he go at night? Because we don’t see where he sleeps … he doesn’t seem to have a life.” But, Dormer promised, “It is explained toward the end; whether he is a good sheriff or a bad sheriff — or a good man or a bad man.”

A lot of large and small decisions went into making “Fortitude” both ambiguous and digestible for American audiences; for example, Dormer, a native of Northern Ireland, told us that he deliberately played the character’s Norwegian accent with an American twang instead of a more “distant and cold” English one — a choice that is easy to miss, but a fortunate one for Stateside audiences given the international diversity of the talented cast.

The creative choice was as much to demonstrate Anderssen’s raised-by-MTV background as it was to gain U.S. audiences’ acceptance. Tucci’s casting also helps with American accessibility.
Dormer, who had a story arc on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as invincible knight Beric Dondarrion, knows a thing or two about the variances between a huge project and a small, independent one, and he doesn’t want people to think the relative smallness of the Participant Media television channel is directly proportional to its newest offering.

“In scale, ‘Fortitude’ is just as big as ‘Game of Thrones,’” Dormer said. “It’s equally as epic — it’s just starting out.”

Viewers may get that feeling when tuning into the show, as the two shows have the same set designer, Gemma Jackson. While the town of Fortitude would be a mere blip on the sprawling map of George R.R. Martin‘s literary world, it comes off as a fairly sizable (frozen) pond.
Also Read: Pivot Announces Renewal, Order, Development Slates; Sets Debut Date for ‘Fortitude’
So will a well-cast, beautifully shot series, one with great writing and strong mystery, work on a network that many outside of the trade industry haven’t heard of or else simply know as that little channel with the weird Joseph Gordon-Levitt show? Dormer has no doubt, yes; he just asks for time.
“I really don’t think ‘Fortitude’ is going to really start really kicking off in the public conscience until episode 6, when people really go, ‘Oh, my God, you’ve got to watch this,’” he said. “As soon as people really get into the swamp — the scary swamp that is ‘Fortitude’ — there’s no getting out of it. You need about six to seven episodes in to really go, ‘This is what it’s about.’
“I hope that it gets the viewers and it gets the critical acclaim because the writer, Simon Donald, has the most amazing second [season],” Dormer said. “It kind of builds on the first one, but it goes into another dimension of storytelling.”

Also Read: Showtime President on Genre Programming: ‘I’m Not Going to Chase ‘Game of Thrones”
The series also stars Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston, Sofie Gråbøl, Jessica Raine, Luke Treadaway, Nicholas Pinnock, Verónica Echegui and Johnny Harris. The project was co-produced with Sky Atlantic and filmed in Iceland and the United Kingdom

Source: TheWrap.com



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