Jim Broadbent's drug debut role
Published 24/03/2010 | 12:11
Jim Broadbent has talked about the novelty of playing a drug addict for the first time at the age of 60.
The Harry Potter star plays eccentric Irishman Jim McCrea in new black comedy Perrier's Bounty, and after a long and prolific film career found himself snorting lines of white powder on screen for the first time.
Jim explained: "He's had a message and had a visitor, in the form of the Grim Reaper, and he's absolutely convinced he's just got to keep awake forever - part of that involves getting as much cocaine up his nose as he possibly can. That's something I haven't done on screen before."
The veteran actor revealed glucose was used as substitute, adding: "Which has its own mild energising effect."
His character also resorts to eating instant coffee straight out of the jar.
He added: "They used chocolate biscuits ground up so it looked very convincing. Crunched up chocolate biscuits aren't pleasant in itself, and when you have the sixth take..."
Jim plays the estranged dad of Michael McCrea (played by Cillian Murphy) and the pair end up going on the run with neighbour Brenda (Jodie Whittaker) because Michael owes money to renowned Irish gangster Darren Perrier (Brendan Gleeson).
Jim joked: "I had to cope with an Irish accent, which was another thing to keep in mind. It was good fun though - we got on so well and had such a laugh."
:: Perrier's Bounty will be released in cinemas on Friday.