Interview with Interview Magazine

Interview with Interview Magazine

Fantastic interview by Emma Brown with Tom in Interview Magazine, along with a gorgeous photo.  Here's an excerpt, about when Tom was shooting Salmon Fishing in the Yemen:

"LOST IN MOROCCO: We filmed in a place called Ouarzazate—enjoy spelling that—on the edge of the Sahara, between the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara. It's gorgeous. It's a small town that seems to have built itself on the fact that so many films are shot there; any film that needs a desert goes to Ouarzazate. Ridley Scott used it in Gladiator and Prometheus; Lawrence of Arabia was shot there.  Everyone speaks English. You turn up and suddenly lots of people run out of their houses and say, "I'm a props man!" or "I'm a camera man!" Everyone is involved somehow. I was lucky, I had a long week off, so I drove up through the Atlas Mountains and spent the weekend in Marrakesh. I got lost in the souk for two hours, I didn't have a map, my phone didn't have any signal, I was just wandering around trying to find... anywhere. I walked around a corner and realized I was probably somewhere I shouldn't be, and suddenly this 12-year-old boy appeared out of nowhere and said "Follow me, follow me." He legged it into the crowds, and I was trying to keep up with him, and he finally took me to where I wanted to be. I said, "Thanks very much," and he went "Uhh... no," so I gave him all of the change I had in my pockets, because I was very grateful. He looked at it and went "No. Paper." So I gave him a note, the cheeky bastard, and he looked at the note and said, "Oh, come on! This is shit." And ran off. I was not expecting that from this beautiful little Moroccan boy."

Photo by Rich Hardcastle

Mr. Porter Interview and Photoshoot

The men's style site, Mr. Porter, has a spread of Tom in their first birthday issue of The Journal, wearing the latest cardigan styles off the runway (all 5 photos are in the galleries).  Truly, who better to model cardigans than Tom??   Plus, if you can peel your eyes away from those gorgeous photos, there is a fantastic interview with Tom as well!

Photo by AJ Numan

Tom on 'Playing Drunk'

Tom on 'Playing Drunk'

Tom has been included in an article in today's Guardian about actors who have to play drunk on stage.  Here's what he had to say:

"Anything carbonated presents the greatest problem, as demonstrated in Laura Wade's play Posh at London's Royal Court last year. One of the most outrageous binge dramas of recent times, it satirised the behaviour of an exclusive Oxford drinking society reminiscent of the notorious Bullingdon Club to which members of the Conservative party, including David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson, belonged. The play climaxed in a trashing of the set, and featured a tricky enactment of the custom of sabrage, in which the neck of a champagne bottle is sliced off with a sabre.

"We had to use a real Bollinger bottle for that as sugar glass would have shattered," says Tom Mison, who played the society's president. "At one point I had to drink an entire bottle at one go. We started off with grape juice, but then I discovered I was getting too much of a sugar rush so we switched to coloured water instead."

How does one go about researching such extremes of inebriation? Mison says the cast was inspired by a newspaper report of a group of German actors at the Frankfurt Schauspielhaus who decided to experiment by using real vodka in a Russian play, which resulted in one of the cast falling off stage and being taken to hospital to have his stomach pumped. "We decided we ought to have a go at that – in private, of course – so during rehearsals we booked a room in a Soho pub and attempted a 'wet run', in which we tried to consume as much alcohol as the characters do in the play. We couldn't keep up."

The play brought one further issue into painful relief: "Part of the rules of these drinking societies is that no one is allowed to leave the room," Mison explains. "The minute the curtain came down, there was a stampede for the backstage loos – we developed some seriously impressive bladder control during the run.""

 

Many thanks to flip for spotting the story!

 

Photo courtesy of Elliott Franks

Interview with Tom and Rupert Friend

Interview with Tom and Rupert Friend

Shorts International has posted an on-camera interview with Tom, Rupert Friend and the Brownlee Brothers on You Tube.  Among other things, we learn that the film was shot in one week using 120 crew members, shooting simultaneously on 3 sets, and that it took 6 years from their first having the idea to finishing the project.  Click here to see the interview.