Belfast Telegraph

Friday 27 March 2015

Miller dreams of Shelley role

Ezra Miller wants to play Romantic poet Percy Shelley
Ezra Miller wants to play Romantic poet Percy Shelley

Ezra Miller has revealed that he would like to play English poet Percy Shelley on the big screen.

The We Need To Talk About Kevin star admitted that portraying the Romantic poet would be a dream come true because of his radical behaviour among writing circles in the early 1800s.

"The idea is I might play Percy Shelley, which will be very exciting because he was the original dope-addicted revolutionary rock star. I'd say this is a dream role," he said.

"I love the poetry, I think the story of The Haunted Summer in Italy is a really fascinating tale. And I really like the explorations of moments in history when a small group of people going crazy sparked a movement."

Ezra - who spent ten days in the Arctic Circle for a Greenpeace campaign - has been practising his British accent.

"There's a classic exercise where coaches will make you put a cork in between your teeth. Then you talk with the cork there so that you're not talking with your jaw - it's to stop Americans from yapping," he explained.

The 20-year-old also joked that he has not become an honorary Brit after working with Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin) and Emma Watson (The Perks Of Being A Wallflower).

"You guys don't have me yet, although I am very charmed by your ways," he said.

"I'll still tease them for saying something like 'going on a jolly' or other things that don't quite make sense to me. I'll be like, 'You didn't watch it on the telly, Emma, you watched it on the television or the TV if you will'," he added.

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