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Outlaw - Danny Dyer interview

Danny Dyer in Outlaw

Interview by Rob Carnevale

DANNY Dyer talks about reuniting with director Nick Love for Outlaw, and shares some of his views on the themes of the volatile film…

Q. Is is true that you were lined up originally to play a different character?
Danny Dyer: I’m lucky that Nick goes away and has me in mind for a part. This time round he said: “I want to work with you again but I think it’s time that we cast you against type.” He came back with this great script and this character, Hillier, who’s this loner and a complete psycho really, who just sits there and fantasises about being a psycho.

I read it and thought: “Result! He’s going to trust me to do something different!” But it only lasted for a couple of days. I said I was going to go method. I was going to chuck a couple of bins [glasses] on and tache up or something. But Nick did say I was his leading man and he was struggling to find a Gene Dekker, whereas he could find a Hillier a lot easier. To be fair to Sean Harris, he’s amazing in it and pulls it out of the bag.

What was working with Bob Hoskins like?
Danny Dyer: He’s a joy, he’s a legend. You sort of want to fire a thousand questions at him but you can’t. I was told that he doesn’t read scripts – he just reads his bit and comes in and does it. But there was a real moment where he did a scene and actually wasn’t very good. It was like: “Fucking hell, has he lost the plot?”

But fair play to Nick, as much as he said he was pooping his pants, he took him outside, had a little word with him, and Bob came back in and was fucking brilliant. So I think he just needs a little tweak sometimes. It takes a lot of bollocks to tell him straight because he is Bob Hoskins but he was a joy. You can only learn from people like that.

Q. The newsreader in the film asks viewers whether they think the characters in the film are heroes or gangsters. What do you think?
Danny Dyer: I wouldn’t say they’re heroes; that’s the last thing they are. If they’re heroes then they’re fucking rubbish ones at that! But I think that’s just how the news would deal with something like that anyway. It brings the reality to it, people would have debates over whether their heroes or villains. Personally, however, I’d rate them as sad, desperate men.

Q. What frightens you in real-life? Does violence scare you?
Danny Dyer: Most things really. I’m not really a violent man. I’ll swerve violence. I fear for my daughter who is now 11. I don’t let her play outside. I keep her in my house all the time. But I do fear for her. And the fact that we are at war at the moment; she knows all about that. She knows about the bombs going off on trains and asks me questions like: “They aren’t going to bomb me daddy, are they?” I don’t like spiders also!

Read our review of Outlaw

Read our interview with Nick Love