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

Source: I’m with Geek

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