Posted on August 4th, 2014 by admin

A starring role in the summer Blockbuster The Lone Ranger and a front-row seat at the London Collections: Men, the British actor has come a long way. He talks to Tilly Macalister Smith about the importance of challenging and the path to true style.

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Harry Treadaway is elated. He’s just returned to London after an eight-week stint filming in Nottingham in the north of England, and today marks the start of his summer holiday. Well, once this morning’s shoot for The Style Reportwearing five of AW13’s hottest eveningwear looks is out of the way, anyway – but then there’s no rest for one as highly in demand as Treadaway.

His first Hollywood blockbuster The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Helena Bonham Carter has opened worldwide, and he’s just wrapped Truckers, a five part bittersweet BBC series written by William Ivory (who also penned Burton and Taylor and Made in Dagenham) that will air in October 2013. Treadaway stars alongside Stephen Tompkinson and Ashley Walters as ‘Glen, a simple but incredibly optimistic young lad’. Prior to that, he was in North Carolina filming a two-hander with Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie called Honeymoon, tracking the first days of married life for an American couple ‘which doesn’t exactly go to plan.’ He explains: ‘I accepted the role when I was in Santa Fe filming The Lone Ranger because it’s the complete opposite in terms of length, budget, production.’

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Keeping creatively challenged is something the 29-year-old takes seriously. In 2005, Treadaway spent two months strapped to his twin brother Luke to get into character for their role as conjoined twins for Film4’s Brothers of the Head, and he learned to play the drums for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Joy Division drummer Stephen Morris in Control (2007). Look out for his appearance on the drums again in Mystery White Boy, a Jeff Buckley biopic in the making with the support of the late musician’s mother

‘I think, like most kids, I grew up messing around in the garden inventing scenarios and playing make believe. I realised at about seven or eight that it could be a job and I thought, “That’s the best one!” It was either that or being a policeman or a fireman. At 16, I went to the National Youth Theatre and then went off to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. It was quite intense moving from a small Devon village [in south west England] to living in London. You’re still a kid at 18, aren’t you?

‘Filming The Lone Ranger was a blast. Playing cowboys and indians is a staple of childhood and to find yourself 20 years later with a bunch of adults doing it in the most epic way was just brilliant. We were in New Mexico for the first three months and then we moved around Arizona, Utah and Colorado and California. It was a beautiful experience to see those parts of the world and the breathtaking landscapes.

‘We had to learn to ride and we were trained by real Western cattle runners and Native Americans. We trained for about six weeks, doing three to four hours’ riding a day, and then two to three hours a day roping and learning gun skills. In the 1850s, it was about how fast you could draw and these were the things that could save your life. The cowboys spent their lives on horses and carried everything on their saddles, and it would have been futile trying to play a character like that without understanding it. Also for safety – the first scene we filmed was charging up to a 1,000-foot drop canyon on horseback and if anyone was less than proficient it could have ended in disaster.

‘I think if you’re not being challenged creatively and you’re not kept on your toes, there’s a danger you can become lazy and I would hate that. Mixing genre and scale of production always brings new challenges and opportunities, and that’s what makes me happy.

‘Doing theatre is such a great test of yourself, to put yourself in that position. It’s a rewarding medium to work in, because it’s just you, and you have to take responsibility for it completely. In a film, there’s a lot of different people putting ingredients into the mix so it’s never solely one person’s thing quite so much. The idea of focusing on just one or the other wouldn’t make me particularly satisfied.

‘The personal challenge of this profession is being away from home and the unpredictability of what might come next and where you’re going to be living. Devon is my heartland and where I grew up, but I’m making a home in London so I spend time between the country and Highgate [north London] when I’m in the UK. I want to keep developing and for my work to keep getting better. You need to make sure you are coming from the right place as you approach each thing and to make sure you are not doing it for any reason other than for the character and the story.’

 Quick Fire Questions Round

 

Are you a bad loser?

(Hesitates) No.

Cowboy or Indian?

probably both

Favourite hair product?

Literally salt from the sea, there’s nothing better.

What was your favourite childhood book?

The Hungry Caterpillar, it’s the best.

Do you worry about growing old?

No.

Room service or hotel bar?

Room service probably, depends who you’re with.

 
How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Ah, yes, well that is an issue, far too many.

Can you cook?

Yes, i am a vegetarian so I like to think i can cook like Yotam Ottolenghi, but realistically you would get a cross between that and a pizza express.

The last record you bought or downloaded?

Tribes’ last album’ Wish to scream’.

Who would you play in a film of your life?

My twin brother.

What superpower would you like to have?

To be able to take all the negativity away in the world and turn it into positivity and see what happens with that. A negativity extinguisher.

What is your greatest regret?

 I don’t have any.

Source: Matches Fashion

Posted on July 26th, 2013 by admin

WHILE it is highly unlikely he will ever have to face the problem on the streets of London, Harry Treadaway is reasonably confident he could lasso any runaway calf that crossed his path.

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And don’t ever tell him all horse riding is the same. Such are the educational benefits of having starred in The Lone Ranger and studied at cowboy boot camp.

“Over there it’s all one-handed, no stirrups, western style,” says Treadaway of the cowboy mode of riding. “Here it’s all prim and proper and up high, it’s terrifying. I got on a horse last Christmas after thinking I’d become a cowboy and could ride anything, and I realised it was like going from riding a trail bike, that we’d been riding round in the desert, to going on a road bike.”

The boot camp was the idea of director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the same team behind Pirates of the Caribbean. Taking place at the Horses Unlimited ranch in Albuquerque, school involved training in throwing lassoes, riding, and, of course, pistol packing.

Treadaway, 28, who plays one of the film’s bad boys, was born five decades after the first Lone Ranger adventure aired on WXYZ radio in Detroit in January 1933. The TV series ran from 1949-57, with the character, and his partner Tonto (played in the film by Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp respectively) riding high again in feature films, comic books, novels, toys, and even video games. “My dad had watched it when he was growing up and loved it,” says Treadaway. “It was a huge show for him and people of his generation.”

This Lone Ranger, however, is different from the one that many might remember, says Verbinski.

“I think if you’re a fan of the original TV series you’re going to be surprised by the movie, because everybody knows that story, and that’s not the story we’re telling. We’re telling the story from Tonto’s perspective, kind of like Don Quixote, told from Sancho Panza’s point of view.”

As in Pirates, the scale of the production – including battalions of extras, several stables-full of horses, vast tracts of railroad being built – was rather different to what Treadaway was used to. Having started out in the low-budget British indie Brothers of the Head, and remained largely within that world, including a role in the Andrea Arnold-directed Fish Tank, the blockbuster world seemed an alien planet at first for the lad born and brought up in Devon.

“A unit on an independent film can be 50 people, this one was 300 people travelling around with all the trailers, the cameras, the equipment, costumes, make-up. It’s huge. But very quickly that becomes normal.”

Nor did working with Depp faze him after a while. “It just felt like working with another actor on another project, apart from the fact you are slightly aware in the beginning that it is a man you have watched as you were growing up delivering incredible performances. That wasn’t the unusual bit. The unusual bit was being in Monument Valley playing a cowboy but coming from Devon.”

Treadaway and his twin Luke, who won an Olivier for his performance in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before landing their breakthrough roles in Brothers of the Head, the story of conjoined twins who become rock stars. To get into the part they spent hours bound together.

“It was surprisingly pleasant,” he laughs. “It was our first job so we were just totally up for it.”

The two seem to have taken a vow of silence on their twindom. “I’m not really a spokesman for twins,” he says. On to something he is more comfortable talking about – his love, make that mania, for music.

After Brothers of the Head he was next able to merge his love for music and acting in Control, Anton Corbijn’s biopic of Ian Curtis, the lead singer of Joy Division. Treadaway played the band’s drummer, Stephen Morris, and, as in Brothers, it was all his own work when it came to playing.

“We had 10 days to rehearse about 10 Joy Division songs so we played eight to 10 hours a day. We managed to persuade Anton to let us play it live because it was going to be playback.”

Working and travelling mean he is confined to “bedroom guitar playing” for now but he is hoping his next acting gig will allow him to stay in London for a while and play in a band. For him, music is more than a way of switching off. It’s one of several sources of inspiration for his day job of acting. “If you just try to get your inspiration from one source that might be limiting.”

Now he has made the move into blockbusters, does America beckon? “Spending your life pretending to be other people, living their lives, won’t be much of a life if you don’t also have a home base and something that’s solid.

“I’ll always have a house in London, I’ll always call it my home. There might be moments when I get to go and work in different parts of the world but I’ll always come back here.”

Having got a taste of the big skies of America, he’s keen one day to recreate his own haven in the British countryside.

“I’d rather have Devon. Have some chickens, a little herb garden, and play Pooh sticks.”

There speaks a cowboy who refuses to be fenced in.

Source: Herald Scotland


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