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League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse - Reece Shearsmith



Compiled by: Jack Foley

Q. Was it easier playing yourselves in the film?
A.
It was the thing we took out most from the script stage. People that read it, the one comment that most came back to us with was that it was too self referential, there was too much of us in it, and we were suspicious of doing that anyway so we swapped round the idea of the film, because it could have been the other way round and we encounter our characters through our eyes, but we realised that the right way round to do it was let the characters see us, and we remain quite shadowy figures, and it's through their journey and their peril that they experience us.

Q. How did you get Michael Sheen to play Jeremy?
A:
It just seemed right, we thought it would be a great way to start the film with this pre-title `Scream' type section where he apparently dies and he really pitched it in the right way I think for the film and the world we create.
It's quiet difficult for actors to come in and do our kind of screen acting with us, sometimes with David Warner, he didn't deliver the line like we imagined David Warner delivering the line when we'd written for him. So we'd say 'Do it like David Warner'.

Q. What in your past did you drawer on to feed the humour?
A:
The film within the film, the 1690 film, was like something we've already watched, Hammer House, something like that.

Q. Did you film your doubles using women?
A:
They're in it quite a lot but you hardly see them, it's seamless, which is one of the galling things - you spend so much time and energy being in the same room as ourselves and yet you don't even question it when you see it.

Q. When you wrote this film did you assume the audience would know all the characters?
A:
You couldn't do a film relying on the fact that only the however many million people that watch the TV programme will watch the film. We wanted it to be a comedy film in its own right and the idea that some characters realize that they're characters in a comedy programme was a gettable concept regardless of whether the programme in question pre-existed.

Q. What would you say to those who think you're the real deal and Little Britain can only dream?
A:
I've always thought we've been outside the comedy world, not deliberately, but we regard ourselves as actors, not in a snooty way, but we've come from that background and not from the whole circuit of comedy stand-up. They're people that we know now but they are already part of their world.

Q. What's next for you?
A:
I'm about to start As You Like It with Sienna Miller and Helen McCrory, and Sean Hughes. It runs for three months and then we've got our tour to write.

Q. Will there be another series of League of Gentlemen?
A:
We've always tried to push into another direction and not tread water, that's why each series we've tried to make a bold move, especially with the third series, which was very different from the first two. Inherently you want to keep doing what people like, but the film allows us to do something we've never been able to do before with the self-awareness thing.

Q. Have you ever been censored... told that's going too far?
A:
I think we're very responsible, from the first series we've been very aware that we are going out in people's homes. When there's four of us, we are very rigorous in what we allow through.

Q. What makes you laugh and what scares you?
A:
I'm scared of horses.

Q. What's next for you?
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