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Lesbian Vampire Killers - Mathew Horne interview

Lesbian Vampire Killers

Interview by Rob Carnevale

MATHEW Horne talks to us about his new movie Lesbian Vampire Killers, his appreciation for the horror genre, and why both he and Gavin & Stacey co-star James Corden are concerned about over-exposure given the amount of new things they have to promote at the moment.

He also reveals why success hasn’t led to any feels of competitiveness or jealousy between the two friends.

Q. Are you a fan of the tradition of vampire gothic horror?
Mathew Horne: Well, I’m a fan of horror movies. There was a moment when I was about 11 when I watched The Omen 2 and it had such a huge effect on me. It was pretty horrifying from the opening sequence. But that started my interest in horror films. And then in my teens, that idea of watching a film that you weren’t allowed to watch, because you weren’t old enough for the certificate… I think that sort of clandestine viewing of a movie was really attractive. The Lost Boys was also a big movie for me, as well as our generation for me… so to be involved in something that married what James [Corden] and I do with something that we don’t do, but that I have interest in, provided a great opportunity.

Q. Did co-star Paul McGann’s comedic instincts surprise you at all?
Mathew Horne: It was a real honour to meet him. The best thing about his performance is how dead straight he plays it. And he had to do that because it only seems to make everything else around him funnier.

Q. Apparently you went to read for the part of [James Corden’s role] Fletch first?
Mathew Horne: Well, I was quite confused when I first read the script because I thought that Jimmy was the part I should go up for. I thought [director] Phil [Claydon] was definitely wrong about casting me originally as Fletch – but that was the only time he was wrong throughout the rest of the movie. But it was also about the dynamic, which I knew James and I could do. It’s a buddie movie and a right-of-passage for these two guys who have to grow up in a weekend, and that was something I was interested in beyond playing the actual part of Jimmy.

Q. Do you worry about over-exposure given that you now have the film, the Brits, the TV show and more Gavin & Stacey in the offering?
Mathew Horne: We’re very mindful of it but you have to understand that a lot of that is not to do with us. The sketch show coming out this week, and then the film 10 days later… when they’re broadcast is out of our hands but we’re obliged to promote all of these projects because we believe in them. The timing is out of our hands but we are mindful of over-exposure and it is a tricky area. We promise we’ll disappear afterwards!

Q. Has the success of the TV programme meant that you’ve received tonnes more offers?
Mathew Horne: Well, one of the things that came out of Gavin & Stacey was our sketch show, which was an opportunity to write something together as part of a working relationship and a friendship that’s only quite new. We’ve only known each other two and a half years. But that was an amazing opportunity and there have been other things coming in. But we’re sort of busy enough really. It’s not a question of fitting stuff in, really.

Q. Given James’ obsession with Take That, do you have any obsessions you care to share?
Mathew Horne: Well, musically I’m pretty in there. But it’s not Take That! I’d err on the side of indie guitar music. I’m also obsessed with James’ therapy!

Q. The two of you obviously love working together but do you ever get jealous of each other. I mean you have Entertaining Mr Sloane in the West End, while James is off to Hollywood to make a film with Jack Black… How long will you keep doing stuff together?
Mathew Horne: Well, we’ve had a great couple of years. And there’s no jealousy between us – only support. But I’ve always been like that with all the friends that are doing the same thing. It’s good karma. It can become quite negative if you start competing. We don’t need to compete. We’re doing alright together and we’re doing alright apart, and we’ve just got to enjoy it while we can.

Read our review of Lesbian Vampire Killers