Belfast Telegraph

Paddy Considine's brave new Banquo

Paddy Considine has told how "grateful" he felt to be tackling Shakespeare for the first time on the big screen.

The actor and director plays Banquo - Macbeth's ally who is murdered and returns as a ghost to haunt him - in Australian director Justin Kurzel's big screen adaptation of The Scottish play, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard as Lord and Lady Macbeth.

Paddy said: "It was amazing, it was a great cast, a great director and I'm really grateful to have had a shot at it, because maybe a lot of directors wouldn't have been so brave with their casting.

"I've never done Shakespeare before, on stage, or anywhere and when Justin met me, he said that's what he was looking for, he wanted people with a different approach to it."

The Suspicions Of Mr Whicher star revealed he tried not to think about how well known the Shakespearean tragedy is and focus on making the part his own.

Paddy said: "I never watched anybody else's portrayal of him though, I never watched any other versions, I thought I'll just treat him as though it's a new character and see what I can do."

Paddy also stars as Welsh miner Dai in new film Pride - the true story of how a group of gay activists helped raise money to support the families of striking miners in 1984.

He said of tolerance and equality: "I think we probably do have a way to go, but I think it's getting better. I hope it is."


From Belfast Telegraph