Sunday 18 February 2018

Wilkinson: I wouldn't miss acting

Tom Wilkinson is getting fed up of travelling for work
Tom Wilkinson is getting fed up of travelling for work

Tom Wilkinson has confessed he is fed up of travelling for work - and is almost ready to start turning down roles.

The 66-year-old British actor has made a string of appearances in big budget movies which have taken him to far-flung places, including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Lone Ranger, Michael Clayton and The Grand Budapest Hotel. And he's about to fly to the US for a role in an upcoming film about Martin Luther King.

But Tom admitted: "I'm going away next week to do something [the Luther King biopic, Selma] and I don't really want to do it," he confesses. "I mean, I do if it's filming in London, but getting into an aeroplane and flying to a strange town? I've done a lot of that.

"I'm getting very close to saying, 'I don't want to do that [travel for work] any more'. We'll see how this goes. It's never as bad as you think it's going to be."

The Leeds-born actor recalled how during hi s first trip to Hollywood - to promote the 1994 film Priest - he spent much of his time within the confines of his hotel room.

He revealed: "I was in the middle of Beverly Hills and I thought, 'There's going to be a drive-by shooting, I'm a perfect target'. So I went back inside the hotel."

And asked if he'd miss acting he said: "I don't know whether I would. I've done a lot of it. I don't think so."

Tom next appears in British period drama Belle, based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (played by young rising star Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed-race daughter of an 18th century Royal Navy admiral who was raised as an aristocrat by her great-uncle, the Lord Chief Justice of England.

And the actor admitted he'd still like to keep acting - looking towards the small screen for his next role.

"There's fantastic TV around at the moment," he said. "I would do it, if somebody asked me - if there was something I wanted to do.

"How much do they pay on television these days? It used to be very good when I did it, and then it got terrible..."

:: Belle is in cinemas now.

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