December 17th, 2016   Posted by admin

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Guilty pleasure? Watching rubbish TV, which can be a good way to clear the mind.

Where is home? I share a flat in North London with my girlfriend [actress Ruta Gedmintas], but grew up in Devon, which will always be home.

Career plan B? I don’t have one, as I never had a plan A. I fell into acting after joining the National Youth Theatre when I was 16.

Who would play you in a movie of your life? I would definitely have to offer it first to my twin brother Harry, who is also an actor.

Biggest bugbear? Politicians and governments funding seemingly constant wars in the world – it’s a bit more than a bugbear, I know.

As a child you wanted to be… The centre of attention.

Earliest memory? Swimming in a lake on a family camping holiday to France when I was about three.

Secret to a happy relationship? Love and understanding.

Your best quality? How long have you got? But seriously, I really don’t know.

And your worst? I’m too sarcastic.

Last meal on earth? My mum’s macaroni cheese – my favourite meal when I was growing up.

Dream dinner-party guests? Salvador Dali, Thom Yorke from Radiohead, Albert Einstein and Eddie Vedder from Pearl Jam. It would be more of a lads’ night in than a dinner party.

Advice to teenage self? Don’t start smoking – I’m still trying to give up.

On a day off we’d find you… Reading scripts at home, going to the gym or for a run on Hampstead Heath, hanging out with friends.

Starstruck moment? Seeing Prince in concert in Toronto last year and having drinks with him afterwards – we had red wine and limoncello. It was a privilege and pretty surreal.

Cat or dog? Starring in the film A Street Cat Named Bob, I obviously have to choose cats. I bonded with Bob when we were filming – he’s an absolute dude and came to my birthday party in September.

Big break? My first job, Brothers of the Head, a film I did when I was still at drama school.

Career highlight? Playing the lead role of Christopher in the stage version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in 2012.

Taking the production from workshop to the National Theatre and then the West End was an amazing journey.

Favourite tipple? Red wine, although I’m not a connoisseur.

Hangover cure? Go for a run and drink lots of water.

What did you have for breakfast today? Avocado on toast and scrambled eggs.

Top of your bucket list? It’s not a typical bucket list choice, but I’d like to have children one day.

Philosophy? Life is what it is – there’s no point complaining.

Where would you time travel to? To check out the dinosaurs.

First record you bought? A tape of Vs by Pearl Jam when I was about ten.

Happiness is… Being with friends and family. They are the people who inspire you to try to be the best possible version of yourself.

Luke stars in A Street Cat Named Bob and the animated adaptation of Ethel & Ernest, both in cinemas now

Source: Daily Mail


December 17th, 2016   Posted by admin

The book A Street Cat Named Bob was a huge bestseller. Now it’s been made into a film starring Luke Treadaway. Will the tale of the old moggy make him a star?

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Luke Treadaway is only a few minutes late, but he’s wide-eyed with remorse as he pulls up a chair in the west London café where we had arranged to meet, apologising as he explains that his early-morning audition overran. He has a full schedule today – so full that it appears he had to skip breakfast, going by the speed with which he demolishes his scrambled eggs on toast. As well as looking for his next job, he is busy promoting his new film in which, after 10 years playing in largely ensemble casts – from a posh comedy stoner in Attack the Block to a mythological cult leader in Clash of the Titans to a prisoner of war in the Coen brothers-scripted Second World War drama Unbroken – he not only tops the bill but appears in pretty much every scene.

A Street Cat Named Bob is an adaptation of James Bowen’s book about his time begging and busking on the streets of London with a charismatic ginger tom that refuses to leave his side. The book was a huge hit – spending 76 weeks at the top of the UK bestseller list. Treadaway plays James, a role that presented several new challenges for the actor. “Often if you’re playing a real person, they’ve been dead 50 years,” he says. “Not only was this about a real person and a real cat, but they were both there on set.” The first day’s filming for which James was present required Treadaway to re-enact his agonies in hospital after a heroin overdose. “As an actor you just hope you’ve done your homework and can do it justice.”

The second challenge was working with the cat. Several cats, in fact, all playing Bob at various times, including Bob himself. “It was like an extra layer, basically. You’d do everything you normally do to prepare for a scene, and then just before you go it’s, ‘And… here’s Bob.’ So you’ll do a scene and think it’s come out really well. But then they go, ‘No – the cat was looking grumpy.’ You have to use the takes that were good for Bob.”

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Much of the film was shot on the same busy streets in central London where James and Bob used to busk and sell The Big Issue, and during scenes passers-by would recognise them and want to stop and chat. “You have to let go of wanting it to be a quiet set,” laughs Treadaway. “They’ve got a really big fan base.” As the film shows, James and Bob would often find themselves surrounded by people wanting photographs, and Treadaway discovered he had his own personal connection to their popularity. “My girlfriend Ruta, when she found out I’d got the role, said: ‘I think I’ve got a photo somewhere of them.’ She looked back through all her old shots and there it was, from five years ago.” Actor Ruta Gedmintas, who met Treadaway on the set of the music-festival romance Tonight You’re Mine in 2011, also stars in A Street Cat Named Bob as Betty, James’s caring new-age neighbour. She was offered the role not long after Treadaway landed the lead. “That was just a really beautiful coincidence. I think it works really well.”

The film demanded that Treadaway busk in public. “We had guitars around as a kid. I’m not Frank Zappa, but I can play a bit,” he says. He’s being modest – he used to be in a band, Lizardsun, with his twin brother Harry, who is also an actor. Lizardsun performed guitar-heavy 70s-style psychedelic self-penned songs and Lou Reed covers. The songs he sings in A Street Cat Named Bob were written by Charlie Fink of Noah and the Whale and are being released as a soundtrack; this is his third album, he laughs. The first accompanied his debut film, Brothers of the Head, made while he was still at drama school, in which he starred alongside Harry as the lead singer of a punk band, and Tonight You’re Mine also saw him in the recording studio.

The favourite aspect of his job is doing the research: “It’s like being a detective, creating a world you can exist in.” This love of building imagined lives is what first drew him to acting as a child, growing up with Harry and older brother Sam, and their school-teacher mum and architect dad in the little village of Sandford in Devon. That’s where he made his debut playing a flower in the local pantomime. “All kids run round playing make-believe. At best that’s what acting is, really.” He got to revisit his childhood for another film of his that’s about to be released: Ethel & Ernest, an animation based on Raymond Briggs’s book about his parents, for which he voiced the young Raymond alongside Brenda Blethyn and Jim Broadbent as his mum and dad. “I can still see myself as a five-year-old with his books. It’s the most moving, beautiful little film.” But young Treadaway enjoyed acting out stories more than reading them. “I loved school plays, then did the National Youth Theatre at 16 and found out about drama school.”

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In the decade since he graduated, Treadaway’s most celebrated performance came in the stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, for which his role as the teenage protagonist won him an Olivier Award in 2013. But A Street Cat Named Bob promises to reach a far broader audience. Bowen’s book was a bestseller in the US and the film is likely to match its transatlantic appeal. Director Roger Spottiswoode, known for his blockbusters Air America and Tomorrow Never Dies, has sprinkled the film with gratuitously tourist-friendly shots of London, and critics are already speculating that it could present the actor with his big break Stateside.

The media has made these sort of noises before. When news broke that Angelina Jolie had cast him in Unbroken, one headline read: Hollywood Comes Calling for Curious Incident Actor. “Yes, I remember that,” he harrumphs, clearly not impressed. “There are loads of incredible stories coming out of [Hollywood], so of course I’d love to go. But they’re making great stuff in many different parts of the world, and I’d be delighted with a part in any of them.”

View the photoshoot here

Source: The Observer


August 5th, 2016   Posted by admin

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time actor will play James Bowen, the formerly homeless busker whose books about his life with the scarf-wearing mog have been translated into more than 30 languages.

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British actor Luke Treadaway will star as James Bowen, the former drug addict whose books about his life on the streets with a ginger cat named Bob have sold more than 4m copies worldwide, reports Variety.

The film version of Bowen’s first book, A Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life, is due to shoot this October with Tomorrow Never Dies’ Roger Spottiswoode working from a screenplay by British writer Tim John. Spooks: Code 9 actor Ruta Gedmintas will also take an unspecified role.

Bowen became famous around the world after videos of the busker and his cat Bob on the streets of Covent Garden and Piccadilly began to hit YouTube. His first book, written with Garry Jenkins, has since been translated into 30 languages and spent more than 76 weeks atop the Sunday Times bestseller list.

The British busker, who had been living in sheltered accommodation in Tottenham, London, in 2007 when he came across a dishevelled and uncared-for Bob, credits the cat with saving his life because he was forced to get his life together in order to look after him. Bowen eventually quit the methadone program he had been on and has since co-written six books about his life with the cat.

Treadaway, 30, is best known for appearances as Prokopion in the 2010 remake of fantasy epic Clash of the Titans, as posh stoner Brewis in 2011 Joe Cornish sci-fi romp Attack the Block and as prisoner of war Miller in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken last year. He also starred in an acclaimed stage version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

There is, thus far, no word on who will portray Bob, but Bowen suggested in 2013 that the cat might star as himself. “Who else could play him? He’s such a character,” he told the Guardian.

Source: The Guardian


March 19th, 2015   Posted by admin

“I feel like I’m about to move somewhere. I don’t know why or where to,” says British actor Luke Treadaway cryptically. “I’d quite like to be given a play to do in New York for a few months or film in L.A. I’d like to have different chapters in my life of living in different places,” he continues. “A few years ago, I might have said that I never wanted to move out of London, but the more I travel…”

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Treadaway is in New York for a few days promoting his new television series, Fortitude, produced in collaboration with Pivot in the U.S. and Sky Atlantic in the U.K. Set in the fictional Fortitude, a small mass of land in the Norweigan Arctic Circle, the show is a deliberately dark murder mystery with a hint of, if not the supernatural, the horrific extremes that nature can attain. Only a few hundred people reside in Fortitude—recent immigrants from England, Ireland, Spain, Scandinavia, and Russia—and each has his or her own reason for sequestering themselves at the end of the earth.

The show’s cast reflects the town’s disparate population, with American actor Stanley Tucci, Irish actor Richard Dormer, Danish actor Sofie Gråbøl, and Brits Michael Gambon and Sienna Guillory filling out the impressive ensemble. Treadaway plays Vincent Rattrey, a young British scientist who arrives in Fortitude to work on a project with a Professor Charlie Stoddart (Christopher Eccleston). Unfortunately for Vincent, soon after he arrives, Stoddart is brutally beaten to death with, among other things, a potato peeler. Vincent finds the body and is promptly arrested. Tonight, the show’s ninth episode will premiere in the U.S., and the most likely suspect in Stoddart’s murder remains a child with a motive tied to pollutants and polar bears.

Fortitude is the latest in a string of promising projects for Treadaway, who made his acting debut a decade ago in the indie film Brothers of the Head alongside his fraternal twin Harry (it was both brothers’ first professional audition) and has spent the majority of his career on stage in London (in War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). In December, the 30-year-old actor appeared as a British POW in Angelina Jolie’s World War II epic Unbroken. In regards to Fortitude’s renewal for a second season, Treadaway is “feeling positive.”

AGE: 30

HOMETOWN: Rural Devon, England

ALMA MATER: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

GROWING UP… We didn’t have cable or anything like that. There were four channels, and then we had the Friday night, rent-a-video-for-the-weekend. What did we have on VHS I watched far too many times—I think I watched Dances with Wolves 10 or 20 times. Just random things like an NBA anthology video about a season of the Chicago Bulls, I’d watch again and again and again.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: I first came to New York about five years ago and I remember the feeling of just vibrating with, “My god, I’m in New York! Wow!” That’s brilliant, and I still feel excited coming here, but I feel more like I’m able to be myself day-to-day, minute-to-minute, as opposed to having a sore neck from looking up at the buildings. As you get more used to places, you can enjoy them in a different way.

CHOOSING PROJECTS: [If I’m unsure about a project,] I often send it to my mum. She reads a lot. She’s been around. She knows. At the end of the day, you can get as many opinions as you want, but it’s going to be you that’s doing it, and you’ve got to really want to do it and really think that it’s a story that a) You’re going to want to watch, and b) you’d feel happy about telling your mates to watch. If you don’t think you’re going to happily get them to see it, then you have no right to do it, really. And it should teach people something about the world and have some sort of thing other than just being entertainment.

CREATING CHARACTERS: [When I signed on for Fortitude,] I’d only read the first episode so it was sort of going from one to the other: “Will I learn a little bit more about my character in Episode Two? Not necessarily.” But you have to be flexible. I think it’s the same with any long running TV shows, you’re only given a certain amount of information—it’s very different to doing a play or a film when you’ve got the whole beginning and end. It keeps you free to explore different sides of the character. There are a lot of filmmakers who won’t tell the actors what’s going to happen until the day of—or the day before—[shooting], or give them the dialogue the day before. Even when there’s a scene happening, they might not get told that something is about to happen in that scene. It’s taking it to a different level because it’s capturing that first-ever knowledge of that situation. But there’s no other choice, really. You’ve just got to deal with it.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND FORTITUDE: Natalie Yelburton, Sienna [Guillory]’s character, is studying cases of spontaneous aborts and hermaphroditism in reindeer. [My character] has gone there to study apex predators—polar bears—so slightly upgrading from badgers in the U.K. He’s studying the effects of perfluorinated compounds, the chemicals and plastics that humans release into the water system that then work there way through bio-magnification into the apex predators. I still remember this! It’s amazing. It’s quite scary and it’s true—they’re seeing instances of cannibalism in polar bears and that’s partly to do with all the ice melting and the climate change and being starving and not being able to use the ice to get to their hunting grounds, but also there are weird things happening with their brains because they are exposed to so many of these chemicals. It’s all art imitating life, really. It’s interesting to read about, but also really sad that we—the big corporations of the world—are saying our profits are worth more than environmental health. I think that’s terribly wrong and we need to stand up to it. A lot of the science in this show is actually pegged on real research. There are elements to the show which are imaginative as well, but a lot of the science in it is very much true.

IF I COULD PLAY ANY OTHER CHARACTER ON FORTITUDE… I would be Nick’s [Nicholas Pinnock] character because he’s a helicopter pilot and he’s been driving boats around and skidoos. I’ve spent far too much time in the lab. I’ve asked them specifically, in Season Two, if I could go onto the glacier and do something on a snowmobile—getting to go on a skidoo, that’s all I want to do!

MOVIES EVERY ACTOR SHOULD SEE: Chinatown, 100 percent. Dancer in the Dark, that’s an amazing film. Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, On the Waterfront. There are some great new films as well: Birdman. The Theory of Everything—that made me cry. I was in bits.

Source: Interview Magazine


January 25th, 2015   Posted by admin

Luke Treadaway on his film role as a PoW in Jolie’s Unbroken, starring in TV’s new Arctic thriller Fortitude, and saying no to rotten shark meat

Luke Treadaway wants to make sure I’ve done my preparation. The first thing he asks when we meet in a London hotel is whether I’ve bothered to watch any of Fortitude, the forthcoming Sky Atlantic crime drama in which he stars as a young scientist dispatched to an isolated Icelandic research base. I am able to reassure him that I have and that I thought it was very good.

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“It is, isn’t it?” he agrees.

We talk a bit about filming in Iceland (he and other cast members including Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon and Sofie Gråbøl were there for about 10 weeks). He says he enjoyed swimming outdoors in big hot tubs surrounded by snow and that the landscape was “stunning”. He didn’t, however, sample hákarl, an Icelandic dish consisting of rotten shark meat; he’s been a vegetarian since he was six.

He grew up in Sandford, Devon, where his father is an architect and his mother a primary school teacher. (“Good,” he says when I mention this. “Done your research”).

Treadaway, 30, who has a twin, Harry (also an actor), and an older brother, Sam, went to the local comprehensive where his drama teacher inspired him to take acting seriously. “ He was a massive fat Cockney bloke who suddenly arrived at the school, talking a million miles an hour, completely singing off his own song sheet and singing beautiful, banging songs, and opened our minds really.”

After studying at the London Academy of Music and Drama, he landed the lead in two of the National Theatre’s most successful productions in his 20s. In 2007, he played Albert in the original War Horse and six years later received an Olivier for best actor as the autistic hero, Christopher, in another book adaptation, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

He has chalked up notable appearances in all manner of film genres, including most recently Unbroken, the wartime biopic directed by Angelina Jolie in which he appears as a malnourished inmate at a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.

Jolie had contacted Treadaway out of the blue and asked him over for a cup of tea to discuss a film she was directing. A car picked him up and deposited him at her hotel outside London. “We had a chat, she gave me loads of photographs of the men in the camps and a Life magazine from 1940.” A couple of days later, confirmation came through that he had got the role. “I ran lots and ate not lots and went and shot it,” he says of the preparation. Jolie is, he says “hard-working… I think she’s remarkable.”

“Acting,” he says, is “a passport into a different time and place… By doing preparation, by just filling your palette with as many colours as you can to paint the picture, then it becomes richer and more enjoyable to do.

Source: The Guardian


January 21st, 2015   Posted by admin

Olivier Award winner Luke Treadaway originated the lead roles in the National Theatre’s productions of War Horse and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, winning the best actor Olivier for the latter. His film and TV credits include Clapham Junction, Clash of the Titans, Attack the Block and 13 Steps Down. In Fortitude, Luke Treadaway plays scientist Vincent Rattrey.

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A small and remote research outpost in the Arctic is theoretically one of the safest places on earth, so murder shakes the community to its core. The local sheriff is forced to work alongside a british detective to find the killer before the winter closes in. Starring Stanley Tucci, Michael Gambon, and Christopher Eccleston, Fortitude starts on Sky Atlantic HD on January 29th 2015 at 9pm.

Who is Vincent and how does he fit into the story of Fortitude?

Vincent Rattrey arrives in Fortitude at the beginning of episode one and he’s there to study with Professor Stoddart at the Arctic Research Centre. He’s a clever young scientist who’s interested in the PFAs, the perfluoro-alkoxy compounds, which are giving signs of strange things going on among the apex predators, the polar bears in Fortitude.

He’s previously been studying in England where the apex predator is the badger, so he’s a bit green, everything’s new to him. He comes across some strange customs and he’s also the one that discovers this horrific murder, so things go wrong pretty quickly for him. Vincent is the audience’s way into Fortitude, he’s just stepped off the plane and meeting people for the first time.

How would you describe the series?

It’s about people. I don’t think it’s about polar bears or police or science, but all of that is in this world. It’s about people, how they interact and how the strains of mistrust and people’s hearts can warp the different situations they’re in. You see people being pushed to their limits, and they’re a small group of people, as Dan Anderssen says, clinging onto a rock in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. There’s an extreme sense of isolation where everything is magnified and as this community struggles through the hard times, they try to stay together and remain human.

Did you feel that sense of isolation while you were filming on location?

I’d go off and have a run on my own along a fjord or around a lake, which was beautiful and extremely isolated. But the rest of the time, it was a real bonding experience with the whole cast and crew.

Was there any research you could do to prepare for the role?

I spent some time trying to brush up on my knowledge of perfluoro-alkoxy compounds and what they meant, and I did some research on badgers and polar bears and apex predators in general. I gave myself a crash course in Vincent’s world and then just tried to be open to the fact that, as a character, I’d never been there before. You don’t learn a great deal about Vincent in the first few scripts, so I tried to be open to what that character might develop into as well.

There are a couple of love interests for Vincent along the way, aren’t there?

Yes. Well, love interests as far as they go for Vincent. They’re sort of unseen moments, really, the things that happen between episodes. Sienna’s character, Natalie, is the person Vincent spends most of his time with and they both get pretty involved in the drama and mystery of the island. So Vincent and Natalie develop a bond, but it’s more a meeting of minds.

You’re involved with some of the most gruesome moments of the series. Were you squeamish about any of the props?
I’m a vegetarian and it was funny because it did get to the point where I was asking ‘what are we dissecting today?’. We had an amazing prosthetic animal maker and one day there was a full-sized polar bear on the lab table and we had drills and saws to go into its head with. You’d peel back its skin and then, in one take, you’d carry on into the skull and into the brain that had been perfectly prepared for us to excavate. It was amazing. What I did find weird were the prosthetic humans – they looked so real
and then we’d have to cut them up. I say it was weird, but I did spend most of the time larking around with saws and saying inappropriate things to dead bodies, so I can’t claim it was too traumatic.

How did you deal with the cold?

With thermals, hand warmers and Canada Geese. A lot of the time, I was too hot because with all those thermals on you’d get really warm. I was cold on the days off when I didn’t have Vincent’s coat and I’d be walking around Iceland in a denim jacket, though. Fortitude has attracted such a stellar cast.

What was it like to work with the likes of Michael Gambon, Christopher Eccleston and
Stanley Tucci?

It’s a great team, isn’t it? A script and a story like this is going to attract amazing people. Having a cup of tea in the hotel foyer with Gambon while waiting to get picked up really is the stuff of boyhood dreams. I’m looking forward to there hopefully being a second series where I might be able to cross paths with some of the characters I didn’t interact with so much in this one.

Do you have a preference between film, TV or theatre? And do you approach the mediums differently?

Until now all I’ve really done is theatre and film. I’ve got so much out of that and I’ve loved it. What I’ve found strange about TV is not really knowing what’s coming next, because in film or theatre, you have the whole story before you get going. But I’ve found this so exciting. It’s really fun to work on something for such a long time and watch the story grow. Every night when we sat down to dinner having received the scripts for the next couple of episodes, we’d all be blown away.

Vincent is a scientist and you had to get to grips with some scientific terminology, but how were you at science at school?

Well that’s a question I’ve never been asked before! When I was in year nine, so when I was 14 or so, there were a few of us in my class who were hot into science for some reason.

We were also the bad kids smoking behind the gym, but at the same time we were really good at science, and we had a great teacher, Mr Simpson. Anyway, he picked us to enter a national chemistry competition where we were competing with kids up to the age of 18 and somehow, we got through to the national final. So we came up to London and only went and won the bloody thing against all these hi-tech science public schools, just us five from a little Devon comp. We won a few grand for the school’s chemistry department or something and returned as heroes.

Never mind the Olivier Awards, it’s all about the chemistry. Yes, chemistry club has been my highest achievement for sure! Although I did quit chemistry A-level after the first term because I couldn’t handle it.

Why should Sky Atlantic viewers tune in?

Well I’ve never seen anything like this on TV before, and the trailer alone has literally made me… well, I can’t say what I want to say, but it’s absolutely brilliant. There’s this stunning scenery that is totally connected to the emotion of the story, and the story is gripping and unpredictable. And the performances are phenomenal. It’s so exciting.

Source: IcyMi


October 6th, 2013   Posted by admin

Actor Luke Treadaway talks to Patrick Smith about the success of The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-Time, winning an Olivier Award, his latest film The Rise – and the time he had to kiss his twin brother.

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 Anyone who saw him in the National Theatre’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will know that Luke Treadaway is a prodigious talent. As Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old maths genius with Asperger’s Syndrome, he gave an astonishing performance: raw, funny and at times almost unbearably moving.

The play was adapted for stage by Simon Stephens from Mark Haddon’s 2003 novel and won a record seven Olivier Awards earlier this year – including one for Treadaway as Best Actor – before transferring to the West End, where it’s now been seen by more than 150,000 people. The Curious Incident… wasn’t the first successful National Theatre production to star Treadaway, however: in 2007, he played 16-year-old Albert in the original War Horse, a play that has since stormed the West End and Broadway, and spawned a Hollywood movie directed by Steven Spielberg.

Now 29, the voluble, affable Devon actor, who’s appeared in films such as 2011’s entertaining, genre-mashing Attack the Block and 2010’s blockbuster remake of Clash of the Titans, is about to start work on a movie project his agent has forbid him from talking about. Here Treadaway discusses his stage career, winning an Olivier Award, kissing his actor twin brother, Harry, and his latest film, The Rise, in which writer/director Rowan Athale transports a familiar heist-gone-wrong tale to England’s industrial north.

“There’s definitely a strength to it not being set in London. It has that northern soul vibe to it – a kind of warmth to it which maybe is generated by those guys together, and the banter they share. They’re not cockney geezers who are trying to rob hundreds of thousands of pounds; it’s four young lads from an estate outside Leeds. And there’s that small-town mentality. They’re trying to get £60,000 to go and invest in a business – it’s a really small amount. I think it’s quite different in that they’re not trying to steal the Crown Jewels or something.”

Your first break was with War Horse. How did it come about?

“It’s an interesting story. I’d just come out of drama school and was auditioning for a play at the National [Theatre] and I got down to the last two. I didn’t get it and was obviously gutted but then, about two weeks later, the casting director at the National called me and said, ‘You know, sorry that play didn’t work out but would you be interested in doing this workshop instead?’ It was a three-week workshop for a new play that they were devising called War Horse. So I got the book and read it and realised that, ‘Bloody hell, this is amazing’. Albert is an amazing part for a young Devon lad, but, you know, I didn’t think I ‘d get it. Then every day in the workshop, I kept being given this part to read, and, eventually, in the last week, I got asked to do it. It was amazing being there at the early stages, when the puppets hadn’t arrived from South Africa – it was people’s hands on the backs of people’s shoulders as a horse, you know. We would be stroking people’s heads. Some of the early videos from that workshop would make us all laugh now quite a lot.”

Did you have a feeling at the time that it would be this successful?

“Well, I’d never seen anything a show that had life-size horse puppets in it so I knew it was going to be different. And, yes, certainly it was the most joyous, brilliant, incredible experience ever devising something on that scale. But I suppose you never stop and think at that stage, ‘Yes, well, we could be having a hit on our hands’ – there’s just no time for that and you’re not in that mindset. You’re just thinking, ‘What are my lines?’ Even when we’d finished after four months, it was just a one man play at the National and it was only, you know, five years later that two million people around the world have seen it and suddenly it’s this worldwide thing. So, it’s very satisfying and I’m very proud to have been some small part of it.”

What preparations did you make for playing the role of Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time?

“Well, I read lots of books and watched lots of documentaries. I went to five different schools that cater specifically for kids with autism, and I hung out for a day at these schools and spoke with staff and spoke to pupils. Five minutes in a lesson was more useful than 10 hours of documentary watching. It was incredible trying to get some sort of understanding first-hand of what it’s like to live with autism.”

How often did you have to wax your chest during Curious Incident?

“I chose the shaving method and I had to do that every other day. The longer it gets the longer I know I’ve left the play for. It’s like a sort of visual metaphor.”

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 Are you missing playing Christopher?

“Yes and no. It’s a very incredible experience to have every day. I mean, on a biological level, doing it releases tons of adrenalin and endorphins so your body becomes aware that you’re no longer getting that rush. At the same time I must say it’s quite nice to be able to see friends and family and every day know that I’ve got that huge journey at the end of each day to do.”

Did you find yourself acting like Christopher after the curtain had gone down?

“Well, on a practical level, I’d find myself still moving through crowds in a very precise manner and, because I’d warmed up for an hour and done about two and a half hour shows, I’d be pretty switched on. I’d find that I would still talk in a pedantic, articulate way for, like, two hours after. But, no, I haven’t had trouble eating brown food and, no, I don’t suddenly dislike the colour yellow.”

And that Olivier award…

“Yeah, I was genuinely very shocked and completely unprepared for that to have happened. But it was a beautiful surprise and was just very excited the whole evening that The Curious Incident was getting so much attention. It was a fun night for us all sat there.”

In your career you’ve played quite a few teenagers. Do you find it strange?

“No, I love that I still get ID’d. It’s not a bad thing; it’s cool. Albert and Christopher don’t necessarily seem like what you think of when you think of a teenage part. They’re not from young love story. If I was stuck playing those kind of parts, I think it would annoy me. I’m lucky to have had the genes to have allowed me to play younger parts at my age. I mean, I’m 29 now and to be able to play a 15-year-old is something few people my age would be able to do.”

What’s the most awkward thing to happen to you while you’re on stage?

“Well, my brother and I did a play in 2009 at the Royal called Over There. It was a sort of metaphor for East and West Berlin, so we were twins that had been separated by the Berlin Wall. In the last scene, having been covered in ketchup and chocolate sauce and all sorts of weird food condiments – it was a very European style production I have to say – I ended up taking my pants off, putting on a pair of red high heels and blonde wig, and walking down from the top of the stage down to the front of it and snogging my brother as the lights went out. I suppose it was probably liberating and awkward when you’ve got your cousins in the second row…

You both look very similar. How did you try to create your own identity?

“I think we’ve always been quite different but at the same time always been into the same things so, even though we were both into rugby, we were still different types of rugby players. Even though we were into music, we were still our own person doing it and the same goes for acting now. We had different haircuts and we never dressed the same.”

Which directors would you most like to work with?

“So many. If we narrow it down to some British directors, then: Shane Meadows, Danny Boyle, Ken Loach.”

What now? I’m presuming that you’ve got quite a few offers coming in after The Curious Incident…
“I’ve a film that I’m doing that starts in about a month’s time, but sadly, I don’t think I’m able to bloody tell you, I’m sorry. It’s one of those things that hasn’t been announced yet and so I’m not allowed to.”

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/


September 18th, 2013   Posted by admin

The Olivier Award-winning star of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is heading to Los Angeles to prepare for secret new project.

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Luke Treadaway is the National Theatre’s million-dollar man. Now 28, in the last six years he has taken the lead in two of the most successful shows in the theatre’s history. In 2007, he was Albert in the original production of War Horse, a show that has since transferred to the West End and Broadway, been seen by over four million people worldwide and inspired a Hollywood movie.

Last year, he was cast as Christopher in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a production which also blazed into the West End, where it has already been seen by 150,000 people, and earlier this year won a record seven Olivier Awards – including one for him as Best Actor.

“It’s a hell of a souvenir for the last 14 months,” he says coolly of the trophy. “By the time it got to me on the night, we’d won five out of five, so I was completely prepared for mine to be the first one not to win. I was shocked. Then I went backstage and had my picture taken with [Best Actress] Helen Mirren. So, yeah. Fun night.”

It all began with a failed audition. In 2007, fresh out of Lamda, Treadaway tried out for a new play, The Five Wives of Maurice Pinder, at the National. He got down to the last two to play the teenage son, but lost out (to Adam Gillen). A couple of weeks later, the theatre’s casting director called to ask if he might be interested in doing a workshop for a few weeks instead. “I remember my agent saying, ‘It’s called War Horse’ and I wrote it down and went out to buy the book. I read it and thought, ‘Wow. Oh my god, Albert’s going to be an amazing part for someone. Can’t believe I’m from Devon, too, but I won’t get it. Never mind…'”

By the end of three weeks in a rehearsal room in south London – “It was before the puppets had even arrived from South Africa, so people were walking around whinnying, using an arm and a shoulder for a horse’s head. It was a beautiful thing” – the part of Albert was his. And a fruitful partnership with the director, Marianne Elliott, had begun. Straight after the workshop, Elliott cast him in bit parts in Saint Joan. By night, he stood around behind Anne-Marie Duff, getting used to being on stage at the National. By day, he and Elliott wrestled with War Horse. When it came to The Curious Incident, Treadaway was first in line for the workshop – and once again won the lead. “I’ve never done a play with Marianne having auditioned for it. I think I’m pretty rubbish at auditions, really. I should just workshop everywhere.”

The pair will reunite for the theatre’s 50th anniversary gala in November. He can’t say too much about it except that it will feature “scenes from big National shows over the years.” After that, he is keen to work with his mentor on a third mega-hit. “She can have me whenever she wants me, put it that way. Whenever we see each other we always boringly talk about what we’re going to do next. There will be something, I’m sure.” Having played two teenagers, might it be time to stop waxing his chest and start playing… “Older than 15? Well, exactly. I played 14 in War Horse, 15 in Curious. I’m looking for a 16-year-old part next. How different would that be – playing an actual mid-20s man in something?”

For now, Treadaway is taking a well-earned rest from the theatre. He finished his West End run in The Curious Incident at the end of August, and after an all-night wrap party, hopped on a 5am plane to Spain. Today, fresh from holiday, he looks relaxed, dressed in a vest and jeans, grey Reebok hi-tops and a gap-year necklace in the shape of a fish. He is on a break – but it is the nicest kind of actor’s break. (He’s known the not-so-nice kind, too. “There have been hard times and great times and times in between,” he says. “The odd six months out of work. Horrible.”)

Hollywood has, unsurprisingly, come calling – and in the next few weeks he will head to LA to prepare for a big job his agent forbids him to talk about. Until then he is enjoying playing guitar in the Highgate flat he shares with his actor twin, Harry, actress girlfriend, Ruta Gedmintas, and musician friend Johnny. “I’d been thinking that when I finish this play, I must sit down and bloody play some guitar again. I love it, I really do. You have the time to decompress and realise that it’s not all about acting. Because it’s not.”

When he was in The Curious Incident, he would struggle to shake off his intense alter-ego, talking in the teen’s oh-so-deliberate manner for hours after a show. “When I’m in a job, I don’t very successfully get away from it. I’m always ticking away. But when I’m not working, I have a similar commitment to seeing my friends and enjoying myself.” Today, he is lightly hungover, craving a cigarette and given to lyrical outbursts, particularly about the part he has just left behind. “Will Christopher ever really leave me? I don’t know. I think he’ll always be a part of me or I will always be a part of him. Or something. I don’t feel I’ve said goodbye to him forever. He’s still there.”

That said, he admits that it is a relief not to be going on stage tonight. Playing the autistic teenager, he spent a “very sweaty” two-and-a-half hours, five nights a week scrabbling on the floor, flinging himself into the air and running up walls. It took its toll – in the form of RSI in his arm and housemaid’s knee. There is a new Christopher now and the entire cast has been replaced. “I think it was time. We all knew it and felt it. It’s 14 months since we started at the Cottesloe and by the amount of elbow supports, painkillers and physio that everyone was having, it was clear that we’d all pretty much gone as far as we could go with it. For now, anyway.” Which suggests a Broadway run could be on the cards.

In the meantime, he has other things to keep him busy. He is the star of The Rise, an offbeat British heist with Timothy Spall and Vanessa Kirby, which is released this weekend and is unusual for being set in Leeds, not London. “There are so many set in London, all ‘fackin’ cockneys’. It feels fresh,” says Treadaway, drawing a veil over his own foray into the genre, the forgettable Get Lucky. Before that, his biggest film was the excellent Attack the Block. While he would love to work with Danny Boyle (he’d be an ideal heir to Ewan McGregor), theatre is his first love. “It’s when I grow and learn most. You don’t get time for that on a film set.” He wasn’t keen on Spielberg’s War Horse, for example. “I’m not a very fair person to judge it, I don’t think. First, I come from Devon and in my head I’d set it in my village. So they basically got it wrong. It didn’t look like any Devon I knew.”

The Devon Treadaway knows is, specifically, Sandford, where he was raised by his architect father and primary-school teacher mother. He has an older brother, Sam, who works in Bristol as a multimedia artist, and the aforementioned twin, Harry, another British rising star with roles in Control and Fish Tank to his name. Luke made his stage debut aged 3, playing a daffodil to his father’s Big Bad Wolf in a local am-dram Little Red Riding Hood. From then on it was “non-stop” playacting with his ready-made co-star, Harry. “There was never a time you couldn’t put a play on, because there was always someone to do it with,” he says. “I’d give Harry the odd cameo.”

Growing up, the twins worked to carve out separate characters, never going into school with new shoes or a new haircut on the same day, never wearing the same clothes. “I think that’s a bit strange to do that to twins. They’ve enough of an uphill struggle to make their own identity. It’s weird.” But they also loved all of the same things. They both played on the same rugby team. They both played in the same band, Lizardsun. Aged 16 they both joined the National Youth Theatre, where they both instantly befriended Matt Smith, aka Doctor Who. “He was leaning out of the window and was the first person we met when we arrived. We’ve been best mates ever since.” Aged 18, they both enrolled at Lamda.

“We weren’t going to draw straws or toss a coin to decide who couldn’t go. That would be stupid.” And aged 19, they landed their first professional job, a film called Brothers of the Head, in which they played conjoined twins, and spent 15 hours a day stitched into a wetsuit together. They have worked together since, in Mark Ravenhill’s Over There, a play about East and West Germany, which climaxed with Luke, wearing nothing but high heels and a smear of ketchup, kissing Harry.

It must get a little heated in their flat – four performers, all scrapping for jobs. “We’re all ambitious and and work with good people and do good scripts, so it’s competitive in that sense. There’s a healthy desire to get good jobs. But I don’t hide Harry’s script to stop him going in for an audition, or lock him in the bathroom so he can’t go for a meeting.” Would he do another job with his twin now? “They do come our way. I don’t regret doing it. If it had ended up that no-one wanted to cast us on our own and we’d just ended up playing twins, then it would have been a really bad decision. But we’ve both done our own thing. It’s worked out.”

Source: The Independent

 


August 9th, 2013   Posted by admin

The Curious Incident actor lives in Highgate and calls Matt Smith for a good time.

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Home is…

I grew up in Devon in a village outside Crediton called Sandford. I try to go back as often as I can; it’s still my spiritual home.

Where do you live?

Highgate Village with my girlfriend Ruta [Gedmintas], twin Harry and our friend Johnny. It sounds crowded, but at least two of us are always away at any one time.

Best place for a first date?

Somewhere lively like The Boogaloo pub in Highgate, which has a good jukebox.

First thing you do when you arrive back in London?

If I’ve been away for a while, I go for a walk on Hampstead Heath.

Shops you rely on?

Beatroot on Berwick Street for food before I go on stage, and Metro Food & Wine by Archway Station for last-minute things on the way home. If I’m going to an event or a party, I always get suits from Burberry, but I’m not sure if that counts as shopping because they lend them to me. I just don’t ever shop.

Best meal you’ve had?

I always have a good time at The Wolseley. There’s a great atmosphere, and I love the mac and cheese and Welsh rarebit; it’s simple food done well.

Building you’d like to be locked in overnight?

I’d take some friends with me and we’d have a jam on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall.

What would you do as Mayor for the day?  

Get a haircut. And give everyone the day off for a street party.

Who are your heroes?

My parents; they are brilliant people whom I have always admired and looked up to.

Favourite London pub?

St John’s Tavern in Tufnell Park for its amazing food.

Best London discovery? 

I’ve been a vegetarian since I was five and a few years ago I discovered Mildreds, which is a great veggie restaurant on Lexington Street. I eat there a lot.

Building you’d like to live in?

Hampton Court would be a pretty good pad right on the river.

Where would you go for a nightcap?

Century is next door to the Apollo Theatre where I am appearing inThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, so post-show I’ll go there for cocktails.

Best thing a cabbie has said to you?

‘Hop right in’ instead of the usual ‘Sorry, mate, not going that way’.

Most romantic thing someone’s done for you?

Two years ago for my birthday my girlfriend organised a treasure hunt, guided by text message, which basically involved me getting more and more drunk around London. It started with a shot of tequila in the bar where we had our first date, and ended in a surprise party at my friend’s pub in Soho, The Sun & 13 Cantons.

Earliest London memory?

When I was five we did a house swap with a family in Greenwich. We went to see Starlight Express, and the moment I got home I bought some rollerskates and used to skate round the kitchen.

Biggest extravagance?

Eating out, which I do about five times a week, maybe more.

Who do you call when you want to have fun?

The three people I live with, or Matt Smith, who is a good friend.

Last play you saw?

I went to see Richard III at the Apollo Theatre so I could check out the space and see Mark Rylance being brilliant.

Animal you’d most like to be?

An eagle, so I could fly.

Best advice you’ve been given?

My old drama teacher, Phil Gasson, said, ‘It is what it is,’ meaning if you’re in a situation, just get on with it.

Last album you downloaded?

Amok by Atoms For Peace, a band made up of Thom Yorke and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers — it’s totally beautiful.

At the moment you are…

Standing on my balcony, but in general I am on stage.

What do you collect?

In the last scene of the play I draw a big smiley face on the stage with a piece of chalk, and every night I come off stage with the chalk in my pocket and add it to a long line going all the way round my dressing room. As someone said, I am literally chalking up shows.

Source: The Standard


August 4th, 2013   Posted by admin

Think Luke Treadaway’s just another frightfully posh, young British actor? Think again. Jimi Famurewa talks chest-waxing and guerilla filmmaking with a country boy done good

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Perched on the windowsill of his poky West End dressing room, blowing cigarette smoke into the morning air, Luke Treadaway is trying to delicately describe the time he tucked his genitals between his legs for the benefit of a packed theatre crowd.

“It was for a play called Over There by Mark Ravenhill and it ended with just me and Harry [his twin brother and fellow actor] on stage. I was wearing nothing but pants, high heels, a blonde wig and remnants of food and ketchup that had been smeared on me. It was very European and weird,” he laughs. “I walked to the back of the stage, took my pants off, did a, um, mangina, lay down behind my brother and kissed him [before] the lights went black.”

The 28-year-old actor, currently deep in rehearsal for the Apollo Theatre run of bestseller-turned-blockbusting play The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time, has primarily told this story to indicate his most embarrassing onstage moment (“My auntie and uncle were in the fourth row. Pretty awkward in the bar afterwards.”)

But it works as a nod to his fearlessness as an actor and, as we discover after an hour in his company, his somewhat schizophrenic nature. On the one hand, he’s a roll-up-smoking, sometime rugby player who loves nothing more than a few pints of forebodingly strong local cider at his hometown pub.

And on the other, he’s a closet rock star who gleefully recounts drunken meetings with strangers in dive bars and professes a love of guerrilla filmmaking that sets him apart from the ever-expanding stable of well-bred Brits colonising Hollywood.

“Making a film [You Instead] in four days at T In The Park was fun,” he grins. “And I also did a short with a director where I ended up driving a people carrier around the National Forest in LA without a licence while speaking Bosnian with a 6ft camera rig outside. An amazing experience.”

Weirdness and Waxing

Perhaps best known to date for his uncanny turn as a bewildered poshboy stoner in Attack The Block, Treadaway hails from a small village in Devon. Obsessed with music from an early age (he conspiratorially admits that a love of Eddie Vedder caused him to apply bright orange henna to his scraggly hair as a teenager), he soon formed a band with his twin brother.

This stab at rock stardom, combined with a stint in the National Youth Theatre and drama school LAMDA, led to a breakout role playing (in all seriousness) one half of a pair of punk-playing conjoined twins alongside Harry in Brothers Of The Head. It’s a role Treadaway credits with his openness to a future of genital-tucking and ketchup-smearing.

“That first job put me into such a realm of weirdness that anything after has never seemed as weird,” he says. “My inhibitions are pretty small.”

This approach has led to some curveball career choices. As well as the cross-dressed cavorting at the Royal Court, Treadaway’s acting CV includes a murder-obsessed loner (TV whodunnit 13 Steps Down) and his latest role as Christopher, the Aspergic 15-year-old sleuth at the heart of The Curious Incident. It’s a role that he fought for and has thrown himself into, plundering episodes of Brian Cox’s Wonders Of The Solar System to tap into his character’s obsession with the cosmos and science.

“It blows my mind,” he says, visibly awed. “I share that wonderment at space and the universe. I cried four times watching the first episode.”

However, it also turns out that playing a convincing teenage boy requires more than merely making your voice a bit squeaky.

“My chest hair is coming off,” he admits, after an exchange about the he-vage baring clothes in his MODE shoot. “I’ve used Veet for jobs in the past, but that sensation of it burning your hair is horrible. So it’ll either be waxing or shaving. I can deal with the pain. My mates, of course, take the p*ss out of me but I can deal with that, too.”

The continuous burble of friendly mick-taking seems important to Treadaway. He shares a chaotic, instrument filled flat in north London with his girlfriend, fellow actor Ruta Gedmintas, a friend who plays in a band and his brother. But he admits an allergy to the “Spotlight and Equity” chat that obsesses some young actors.

“After three years of drama school you talk yourself out of ever wanting to discuss acting ever again,” he says. But surely, with so many friends and a sibling in the same business, he must have found himself battling for the same role as someone he knew?

“There have been times,” he reasons. “But it happens.” Which brings us to the unavoidable, elephant in the room and back to that food-spattered incestuous embrace in Over There. Is there furious competition between him and his brother?

“In Year 9, Harry was the lead in the play, in year 10 I was, and so on. Sometimes it’s gone one way, sometimes the other. But we’ve got different agents and stuff so it’s [not really] an issue.”

He’s less diplomatic when it comes to who was a better on the rugby pitch. “Oh, I was better,” he laughs. “I was quicker and a harder tackler.”

In fact, rugby is still a huge passion, and the former scrum half lights up as he recounts playing days and underdog triumphs as a kid. “I loved it,” he beams. “My school won the Devon Cup twice which was really exciting. Beating all the posh public schools that had massive facilities, scrum machines and everything was really fun.”

A parable of his against-the-odds bid to topple his privately educated A-list peers? That may be stretching it. But it’s safe to say those schoolboy winners medals won’t be the only gongs on his mantelpiece for much longer.

Source: Shortlist magazine


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