Films to see this month

This year is already shaping up to be a year filled with incredible film releases and with the industry launching some of 2017’s biggest summer blockbusters this month, more than one trip to the cinema will be required. For the month of May there’s a huge range of genres to choose from when you’re picking out your next must-watch film, you won’t be disappointed.

Looking for some film inspiration to help you choose your next film? Here are the top five films that I’ll be making sure I watch over the next few weeks.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Following a massively successful first film, the quirky and fun characters of Guardians of the Galaxy are back with the second instalment and promises to deliver on everything that made the initial film a fan favourite. With a stellar cast, action packed scenes, laugh out loud moments, and, of course, another incredible soundtrack, Volume 2 is set to live up to all its expectations. It’s a must-watch for fans of the Marvel franchise but even those who are yet to join the trend will enjoy this film.

The Lovers
I love films that show real life emotions and twists and that’s just what The Lovers does. Following a married couple that are considering a divorce but unexpectedly find themselves falling in love again, this film gives a different view on the themes of romance that are often played out on the screen, giving a unique perspective. Debra Winger and Tracey Letts are perfect for the roles of the dispassionate couple and you’ll be rooting for them as you watch their story unfold.

3 Generations
A truly inspiring story that tackles some of the biggest issues today, 3 Generations is a tale of family and becoming who you were meant to be. Three generations living under one roof is never simple but when teenager Ray decides to transition from female to male, it’s a decision that affects not only him but his mother and grandmother too. Exploring the challenges and difficulties the three family members face beautifully; 3 Generations should definitely be one your list to watch this month.

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
King Arthur might be a story that’s been retold countless times but this latest adaption promises to take you on a fantastic adventure. Robbed of his birth right and ignorant to his royal lineage, a young Arthur pulls the fabled Excalibur from the stone and is immediately confronted with a decision. You’ll be drawn into a world of magic, knights, and beasts as soon as you sit down to watch King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and be left wanting more once the credits roll up too.

Alien: Covenant
I’m a huge fan of the Alien series so a list of the top films to watch this month wouldn’t be complete without this addition. Following on from 2012’s Prometheus, Covenant brilliantly combines science fiction and horror as the crew of a spaceship explore unchartered and terrifying territory. Anyone who’s a fan of the previous Ridley Scott films will already have this on their radar but it’s well worth a watch for those new to the franchise too.

KNIGHTFALL: A historic retelling

If you’re interested in history, my latest TV project KNIGHTFALL is definitely one for you. It combines real historical events, with engaging characters based on real-life people and, of course, there’s a little artistic license thrown in, too. As the series will be hitting your screens later on this year, I thought it would be the perfect time to tell you a little more about the project and why I’m so passionate about it.

What is it about?

KNIGHTFALL is a ten-part series, documenting the final days of the infamous Knights Templar.

I don’t want to give too much away, but here’s some historical background to set the scene. The Templar were a powerful group of warriors fighting in the Holy Land during the Crusades. They were an elite group of soldiers – well respected, revered, and extremely wealthy in their time. Membership grew from the 11th century onwards, and for over two hundred years the Knights Templar were at the forefront of the Crusades. While their rise unfolded over centuries, their downfall was swift. On Friday 13th 1307, the Templars vanished. KNIGHTFALL is a closer look at the story, full of mystery and intrigue, documenting the final days of the Knights Templar in the 14th century.

I won’t give away any more than that!

Who’s on board?

It’s been an absolute pleasure working with everyone on board KNIGHTFALL. The project was created by Jeremy Renner’s producing partners, Don Handfield, and Richard Raynor. Jeremy himself is on board as an executive producer. With the fantastic Dominic Minghella at the helm (showrunner, writer and executive producer).

As well as the incredible producers, writers I also got to work alongside amazing actors, too. While I take on the villainous role of Roland, leading man Tom Cullen (you might recognise him from a little show called Downton Abbey) does a stellar job as Landry, Simon Merrells as Tancrede, Pádraic Delaney as Gawain and Ed Stoppard playing King Philip, with the wonderful Olivia Ross as Queen Joan. Bobby Schofield plays the role of Parsifal a commoner who joins the Knights Templar pursuing vengeance and the excellent Sam Hazeldine as Godfrey the Master Knight Templar, legendary Jim Carter as Pope Clement V, Nasser Memarzia as Draper and Akin Gazi as Rashid. There are many others in key or leading roles and you can take a look at the full cast on IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4555364

When can you see it?

I’m incredibly excited to hear that KNIGHTFALL will be premiering later this year and looking like a Fall debut on History. 

Further info at: http://www.history.com/shows/knightfall 

Cities for releasing creative juices

As an actor, I’m incredibly lucky as not only get to do what I love, but on occasion I also get to travel the world and work in some pretty special places. There’s no doubt that an inspirational environment can really help to get the creative juices flowing and my work has taken me across Europe and beyond staying in some stunning cities, some of which I’d like to share with you.

 

Cape Town

Cape Town is such an amazing city. It’s a vibrant place with incredible people and a culture so different to anywhere else on the planet. South Africa can sometimes get a bit of a bad rep, but if you’re looking for somewhere inspiring to go you shouldn’t be put off visiting Cape Town.

 

 

 

Dubrovnik

I had the pleasure of staying in Dubrovnik some years ago. I was totally enchanted by the city. I don’t think Croatia gets the credit it deserves, it’s a gorgeous country that is steeped in history. If you want to experience culture to help release your inner creative, I’d recommend Dubrovnik.

 

 

 
Istanbul

There’s no place quite like Istanbul. So much history and vibrant culture converge. I got to visit Istanbul on a few occasions for work and leisure. Some areas of the city are understandably quite touristy, but it’s full of hidden gems that you won’t want to miss.

 

 

 
London

London is so unique because you have so many different cultures coming together in one place. The diversity is what makes the city great, and, as I’m from Britain, I’m incredibly proud of our capital and all it has to offer. It’s always buzzing with action and creativity, which is perfect for an actor!

 

 

 
Los Angeles

I’ve visited LA a lot over the course of my career, and it really is as good as people say it is. While I love London, LA definitely beats it on the weather front! It’s the home of Hollywood, so for an actor it’s always a dream come true to stay and work there. It’s a great place to get together with other actors, too. 

 

 

 

Krakow

Krakow, in my opinion, is Poland’s best city. There’s so much history to discover, and the creative scene is vibrant. I visited Krakow for several times and fell in love with the place and the people almost instantly.

 

 

 

Paris

This list wouldn’t be complete without Paris, would it? So much romance, Paris is a truly enchanting place. If you’re looking for somewhere to unwind and be creative, Paris is so inspiring. I’ve had the opportunity to take acting classes and workshops in the city – you’ll find artists everywhere you go, the creativity never stops!

 

 

 

Prague

For me, Prague is one of Europe’s best hidden gems. I think people often forget everything that the Czech Republic has to offer. You see it on your screen more than you think – it survived WW2 largely intact, so it’s landscapes and architecture feature in a lot of historical dramas. 90% of the epic new series by A+E Networks and History Channel ‘KNIGHTFALL’ was filmed in Prague at Barrandov studios which is located 30mins from city centre and also at various outstanding external locations within a 2hr radius of Prague. I had the pleasure of many trips to Prague over a six months filming period and I can honestly say this is a beautiful city that you must visit!

Seven Inspirations

As an actor, it’s practically part of my job to watch other people’s work. Studying what other actors do can help you to improve your own skills, and throughout my career there have been so many actors who have moved me and educated me by their choices. Here’s several actors who have inspired me and helped me grow, simply by watching them work.

Denzel Washington

For me, Denzel has always been an extremely powerful and brave actor. He’s had so many diverse and challenging roles, and he always delivers. There have been many times where I’ve watched and re-watched his delivery of a scene that literally floored me. His role in Fences shows that he’s still at the top of his game, even after decades in the industry.

 

 

Kirk Douglas

I think Kirk is one of the classic greats. My dad introduced me to his work, and I’m so glad he did. His performances are always electric and so physical, but he also has this boyish smile that shines through – that always blew me away. The words ‘fearless’, ‘dangerous’, and ‘exciting’ always come to mind when I think of his work.

 

 

Marlon Brando

How could Marlon not be on this list? His performances were always intense and incredibly powerful but somehow, he always managed to convey an unexpected vulnerability. Away from his iconic good looks and the scandal that always seemed to follow him everywhere, he was a phenomenal actor. His vulnerable edge made me realise that vulnerability can make a character so much more interesting, especially if that character is meant to be a man of action. 

 

 
Morgan Freeman

Morgan possess two qualities that I love: a stillness that draws you in and makes you want to hear his inner dialogue, and that incredible, powerful voice. It makes so many of his performances mesmerising, and he still delivers in every role that he’s in.

 

 

 

Tony Curtis

Discovering Kirk Douglas led me to Tony Curtis. The first thing you notice about Tony is his good looks – there’s no denying he was handsome back in the day. He had these piercing eyes that had the ability to fill you with warmth, make you laugh out loud, or absolutely terrify you. It’s that versatility that drew me to him.

 

 

 

Oliver Reed

I love my roles in dark, gritty action films and Oliver Reed is one of my biggest inspirations for that kind of role. He was always dark, dangerous, and unpredictable with the most intense eyes!

 
 

 

 

Dustin Hoffman

Where do I begin… So many memorable roles and performances that for me makes him one of the greatest diverse actors ever. A lifetime of some truly outstanding work that I’m so very grateful to have experienced and learned from!