Friday 2 December 2016

'It's the closest I'll get to playing Bond', says James Nesbitt of new role in Lucky Man

Published 21/01/2016 | 13:09

James Nesbitt
James Nesbitt

James Nesbitt admits he once harboured dreams of becoming the first Irish James Bond, but he accepts his new role in drama series Lucky Man is the closest he will get to playing the iconic role of the world's most famous secret agent.

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Nesbitt will return to the small screen las flawed cop DI Harry Clayton, a character that is blessed with a power to control luck and destiny of those around him in a big-budget production from Sky.

The ten-part drama has been inspired by the work of the iconic American comic book writer Stan Lee and Nesbitt told the Independent.ie that his role has enabled him to live out some of his acting fantasies.

“Five years ago someone might have said I had a chance of being cast as the next James Bond, but let’s be honest, that dream is over,” says Nesbitt with a smile.

James Nesbitt in Sky One's Lucky Man
James Nesbitt in Sky One's Lucky Man

“This latest role is the closest I will get to being James Bond and that is one of the reasons why I loved it so much. I have been driving speed boats down the Thames at high speed at 3am in the morning, we have done dramatic scenes at the Shard building in London and the Tate modern.

“London provides an incredible backdrop for this show and it is as much a part of what makes this work as the brilliant script and the great group of actors we have put together for the project.

“This is a city that looks amazing on camera and hopefully we are presenting it in an exciting and interesting way.”

Nesbitt’s latest role appears to tick another box in Nesbitt’s impressive list of acting credits, with the multi award-winning Irishman admitting the theme of luck is very relevant to his own career.

“Any actor who is getting regular work can say they are blessed with some luck,” stated Nesbitt. “I very much believe you make your own luck by hard work and being in the right place.

“Other times, luck does come up and surprise you. If you bump into someone you haven’t seen in 20 years in a place that you shouldn’t see them, that is luck and fate playing a role in your life.

“What we have in Lucky Man in the notion that what is lucky for one person can be unlucky for another. Dropping a pebble in a pool and watching the ripple effects on how it affects so many people. It is a multi-faceted story and the character I play has so many sides to him as well.”

Nesbitt is convinced he has picked the right role to make his return to work following his successful appearance in hit BBC drama The Missing, as he accepts he is fortunate to pick and choose his roles from a wide selection of offers.

“I had taken a long time off and was looking for the right thing to do when I took my next job,” he added. “I have always worked and the moment I saw this script I knew it was right for me.

“After finishing The Missing, I was keen to make sure my next project was a good one and all the pieces of this jigsaw fitted into place.

“I had never worked for Sky before and they are clearly becoming the exciting new home for drama and hopefully the finished product is something the audience will enjoy.

“In this role, I was asked to play a Northern Irish flawed character. I have to say it was not a stretch to play this role for me!

“DI Harry Clayton should be a good character, but sometimes he cannot be what he wants to be. I guess we can all associate with someone like that.”

Lucky Man starts on Sky1 HD this Friday at 9pm.

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