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Graham: I look for message in roles

Published 19/04/2013 | 13:06

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Stephen Graham likes being part of projects that make people think

Stephen Graham has revealed he finds himself drawn to roles that present the audience with a moral message.

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The 40-year-old actor is best known for his roles in This Is England, Boardwalk Empire and Public Enemies and admits that he has played a lot of troubled characters.

Stephen explained: "The stuff I tend to choose to be a part of, something that can make people think just a bit. Just a tiny little bit.

"Because that was the great drama that I was brought up on, things that really made you just stop for a second. They were very entertaining and very gripping and brilliantly acted, but they also had a message behind them."

He added: "It's great to play them kind of roles, they're much more interesting to me than Mr Darcy, do you know what I mean?"

Stephen is currently shooting his latest film Orthodox, an extended version of a short film he made with David Leon.

The film, which also stars Michael Smiley and Giacomo Mancini, follows Stephen's character Benjamin, a man persecuted for his commitment to the Orthodox Jewish faith who is pushed towards the fringe of the religious community. Taking up boxing as a means of self defence, he quickly finds himself out of his depth in a criminal underworld.

Stephen revealed the dark lives he lives on screen are very different from his own.

He said: "I've never had nothing but happiness in my life. I had a beautiful childhood, every day was a summer holiday. But I've seen struggles, and I've seen pain and heartache and stuff like that."

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