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Ray Winstone on Edge of Darkness

Published January 27, 2010 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox
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Movie tough guy Ray Winstone does it again in Edge of Darkness. He plays Jedburgh, a hired gun who nudges Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) in the right direction towards his daughter’s killers.

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“It’s funny because the parts you really want to play are the emotional parts,” Winstone said. “I do anyway, personally. To sit across the table or sit in the garden watching someone play the emotional part [makes me jealous.]”

Alas, it was Winstone’s job to be the heavy. “I didn’t have a lot of time to get my act together and with the help of Martin [Campbell] and Mel [Gibson] as well, decide which way you’re going to take it. To play a man really, me in the film, a man with no emotion who’s seen death and created death, I’ve kind of met people like that, years ago who’ve been through, whether it’s the second World War or people who were members of the SAS.”

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Ooh, so that’s how Winstone makes it so real. “They have these eyes that kind of burn into you and look at the wall behind you. You can’t tell them lies. Because of the amount of emotion that Mel has to go through in this film, it’s kind of making the decision. It’s all about decisions anyway as an actor, but to make a decision to play someone who had no emotion on the surface. That’s fun because you usually play a guy with it in loads of films like that. Besides, going to work is fun anyway. Especially when you’re sitting opposite someone like Mel or John Hurt or whatever it is. It’s always a blessing because you’re working with people who are talented and know their job and know their business.”

Like his character, Winstone doesn’t think much about the film’s politics. There is corporate intrigue, but he’s just the hired gun. “I think also you look at the script first. If you love the script, and it just happens to be about that subject, the subject is not the thing you look at first. It’s the script.”

Edge of Darkness opens to theaters January 29th.

For the trailer, poster and more movie info, go to the Edge of Darkness Movie Page.
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