British actor Stephen Graham has had quite a busy year starring as Combo in Shane Meadows and Jack Thorne's four-part television drama, This Is England '86 and taking on Al Capone in HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Now the Snatch bad boy is readying his role in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean adventure, On Stranger Tides.
Graham chats exclusively with Digital Spy about portraying Scram, who he refers to as "Penelope Cruz's right-hand man."
" …Don't get me wrong [Scram will] go anywhere where there's a pound note and a job involved," he says. "He doesn't have to be loyal to anyone. He's a great character to play and it's nice for me, for a change, to play some comedy."
"He's got a slightly glass eye," Graham adds. "He's got half an eye on his right eye. He's got a huge scar around his face near that eye as well. It's great to let my hair down and have a bit of fun with the script."
This also marks Graham's second film with Johnny Depp, for both actors appeared together in Michael Mann's 2009 gangster flick, Public Enemies.
"You don't sit down for a cup of tea and he talks like Jack Sparrow, he's not like that," Graham said. "That's what I love about him, you can sit and chat and he'll be talking about some kind of mushroom in a lovely dinner he had and then you say 'action!' and he just becomes Jack Sparrow."
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is set for 2011.
In other news:
– Kelly Osbourne celebrates her new svelte figure in a stunning Goldfinger-inspired photo shoot. Ozzy and Sharon's second daughter is nearly naked and covered in gold paint as she channels Shirley Eaton. Absolutely fabulous! (The Daily Mail)
– Joanna Scanlan and Vicki Pepperdine are just a few of Britain's leading ladies currently tearing up the UK comedy scene, but their Getting On co-star Jo Brand is equally hilarious. She and show director Peter Capaldi detail what's coming up next for the NHS hospital-themed sitcom. Brand maintains that her character, Kim Wilde, draws from her own past experience as a psychiatric nurse and playfully so.
"My character doesn't change massively in the second series," Brand says. "I think she just gets more pissed off with being the ward drudge, really. We wanted to capture the sheer quiet desperation of it all." (The Daily Telegraph)
– As fans rant and rave about the forthcoming MTV installment of Skins, New York magazine's Vulture blog gives us eight reasons why the British version ruled so much. Get those DVDs out now and give yourself a refresher. Effy and Freddie forever!
– Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber is putting up four of his West End theaters for sale. The legendary composer and theater magnate is said to be positively gutted over losing the Palace, Her Majesty's, Cambridge and New London theaters, but it looks like former ITV chairman Michael Grade might scoop 'em up. (The BBC)
– Brighton, England's indie rock outfit, The Go! Team have another album in the works. Rolling Blackouts arrives January 31, 2011 and marks their follow up to their exuberant 2007 LP, Proof of Youth. Deerhoof's Satomi Matsuzaki and Dominique Young Unique also appear. YAY! (NME)
Since it's almost the weekend, let's break it down with some "Huddle Formation":