Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Aneurin: Panic helped my character

Aneurin Barnard used his own experiences of agoraphobia to help his film role in The Citadel

Aneurin Barnard has revealed he used his past experiences of agoraphobia for his new horror thriller Citadel.

The White Queen actor stars in the film about an agoraphobic widowed dad who is battling with a gang of hooded youths to keep his children safe.

He said: "When I was younger I had a little moment of, not chronic agoraphobia the way the character has to deal with, but I had a little bit of experience of that panic feel which completely controls you and the way you are and who you are in that moment, so I could utilise that from my past."

Aneurin said the experience had actually helped his career: "It drives me, I'm the kind of person anything that happens to me I use. I'll always find some fuel for a good thing or a bad thing... I'm a firm believer in life experience, whether good or bad, and if anything the bad stuff I really use to help me along."

The actor also said he made a special effort to tire himself out for authenticity.

"It's a very physical condition, you have hyperventilation... you become very tired and it takes all the energy from inside you." he explained. "Every night I finished filming I'd go to the gym and I'd run a few miles just to get that extra exhaustion for the character because he needed it, every day was a struggle. The best way to show the character was to stay [in character] as long as I possibly could so it was very physically and mentally challenging."

Citadel is in cinemas now.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Leo:

You feel optimistic and for good reason. An admirer has been trying to win your heart. All this attention is flattering. If you're single, keep playing hard to get. The more you resist, the more they'll persist. Are you already in a relationship? Start pursuing a cherished dream. Fulfilling your heart's desire will make you a better partner and friend. Dwelling on what might have been will just make you bitter. Take a risk. It's better to try and fail than be paralysed by fear.More