Belfast Telegraph

Wilkinson: I wouldn't miss acting

Tom Wilkinson has confessed he is fed up of travelling for work - and is almost ready to start turning down roles.

The 66-year-old British actor has made a string of appearances in big budget movies which have taken him to far-flung places, including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Lone Ranger, Michael Clayton and The Grand Budapest Hotel. And he's about to fly to the US for a role in an upcoming film about Martin Luther King.

But Tom admitted: "I'm going away next week to do something [the Luther King biopic, Selma] and I don't really want to do it," he confesses. "I mean, I do if it's filming in London, but getting into an aeroplane and flying to a strange town? I've done a lot of that.

"I'm getting very close to saying, 'I don't want to do that [travel for work] any more'. We'll see how this goes. It's never as bad as you think it's going to be."

The Leeds-born actor recalled how during hi s first trip to Hollywood - to promote the 1994 film Priest - he spent much of his time within the confines of his hotel room.

He revealed: "I was in the middle of Beverly Hills and I thought, 'There's going to be a drive-by shooting, I'm a perfect target'. So I went back inside the hotel."

And asked if he'd miss acting he said: "I don't know whether I would. I've done a lot of it. I don't think so."

Tom next appears in British period drama Belle, based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (played by young rising star Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of an 18th century Royal Navy admiral who was raised as an aristocrat by her great-uncle, the Lord Chief Justice of England.

And the actor admitted he'd still like to keep acting - looking towards the small screen for his next role.

"There's fantastic TV around at the moment," he said. "I would do it, if somebody asked me - if there was something I wanted to do.

"How much do they pay on television these days? It used to be very good when I did it, and then it got terrible..."

:: Belle is in cinemas now.


From Belfast Telegraph