27 March 2009, 14:22
Primeval is Flemyng’s first prime time television role for ten years so why, when he has made a name for himself in Hollywood blockbusters such as Stardust and, more recently, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, make the return to television?
I have never been asked to do a primetime Saturday night show so I was quite excited when this came up.
I also don’t think there is such a big stigma as there used to be. There used to be three big definitions, there was movie, TV and theatre and never the three shall meet. Those lines are far more blurred now as you’ve got the likes of Glenn Close in Damages and Kiefer Sutherland in 24.
Can you tell us about your character, who he is and when he comes into the show?
He is a copper who comes into the show in episode two. He’s a strong personality who kind of rubs everyone up the wrong way initially. He has no scientific knowledge or background and is very much an “act first, ask questions later” when the building is burning type of guy. But he soon proves himself, saves the day and earns the affection of the team.
Danny is quite a traditional old fashioned matinee hero - is that what attracted you to the role in the first place?
Absolutely. In movies, I’ve cut a niche for myself as the leading man’s cowardly best friend so for me it’s great to have a bit more of the weight on my shoulders. He’s the guy the audience goes with and I have really enjoyed the responsibility of that.
It’s quite a physical role with a lot of stunts, were you actively involved in those?
Yeah. I have done five movies with Jason Statham, who is now a bone fide movie action man. He’s usually throwing me around so it was nice to throw someone else around for a change. I’ve learnt bits and bobs from him, like how to fall and roll.
As a child were dinosaurs an obsession for you?
Absolutely. I don’t know what it is about these creatures but for whatever reason, they’re magical to kids. I totally understand why kids love the show. I’d have been made up if Primeval had been around when I was growing up. When I walk down my road you can see models of triceratops and all kind of dinosaurs sitting on their window ledges. It’s one of life’s unwavering constants that kids will like jelly and they’ll like dinosaurs. And for boys that is always going to be the case. Primeval just intensifies that. When I was a kid all we had were these terrible books with really bad pictures of dinosaurs and cavemen and now the kids today get to see them running around Leicester square.
Now in it’s third series how did you feel joining such an established cast?
I am always nervous at the beginning, but I already knew Andrew-Lee Potts. And also there were lots of new people, as me and Laila and Ben all started at the same time - in fact it was a bit like a take-over bid.
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