A Fast Track To Time Travel.
Author: Staff Writer.
Publication: Rupert Graves Online.
Thursday 10th May 2012.
Actor Rupert Graves is still busy, juggling his hectic work life along with the duties of husband, and father to five children. After acting now for some 34 years, you’d be forgiven for thinking he may have lost the drive and enthusiasm of youth in his chosen career. None of that – it’s all still here, and it shows as he takes time to sit down and have an exclusive chat with the website.
Hello again, how are you today, all good I hope?
Good thanks man, good, though I’m still not sure about being cheated at in darts!
(Copious amounts of laugher as a night out was remembered, where the two men drank beer, ate food, drank more beer, played darts, drank some more beer, then became tired).
Rupert Graves: No, no – I never cheated, it was just one of those things …. It was magic.
(Laughing) Hmmm, strangely enough “magic” is not the word I would use – at all!
Rupert Graves: (Laughing) Yes, it was magic, it just was, it was magic for me (more laughter).
Rupert, I know we had quite a chat a couple of weeks ago, but since then, you have started work on some new projects, can we do a re-cap?
Alright then, let’s start with “Fast Girls”.
Rupert Graves: Yeah, not seen it yet ….
Rupert Graves: It is yes, there are quite a few showings in London at the moment, and I’m supposed to be helping to promote it.
I’ve only managed to see the trailer at the moment, it looks like a fun film, a “feel good” one?
Rupert Graves: Yeah, I think it’s kind of like an urban fairy tale, which sounds a bit pretentious, but that’s what it is, it’s Cinderella basically.
Rupert Graves: I play the girl’s, the main girl’s – whose name I’ve forgotten, her arch rival, whose name I’ve forgotten, I play her father, whose name I’ve also forgotten! (Laughter).
Rupert Graves: Yeah, he is!
Did you have to “pad out” for that role?
Rupert Graves: No….
Rupert Graves: I dunno … you know film “puts on a lot” ….
Rupert Graves: Maybe.
Rupert Graves: Maybe, it could be, it could be.
Speaking of modes of travel, you are of course appearing as a guest star in the new “Doctor Who”.
Rupert Graves: Yes, I am.
Rupert Graves: Yeah, he’s umm… he’s a, he’s a big game hunter … he’s in Africa, and there’s umm, some kind of history behind him and the doctor, although it’s never fully explained what … he’s there to help the doctor.
Rupert Graves: I’m going to help the doctor.
Rupert Graves: I’ve no idea, no I don’t think there is actually.
Rupert Graves: Umm, I dunno … I’d have to see what they would be thinking of doing with the character.
Rupert Graves: No … no.
Rupert Graves: No, I wouldn’t like to be Doctor Who.
Rupert Graves: No, I really wouldn’t like to be in that kind of character at all.
Rupert Graves: It is, but as we were talking about this sort of thing up in Newcastle, once you get attached to one character in such a way, you never get any bloody peace then.
Rupert Graves: (Laughing) I can’t believe you just said that!
Rupert Graves: It is, it’s about politics, the “coup” it refers to is a political coup, and it’s loosely based on a book called “A Very British Coup” …
Rupert Graves: Yeah, Chris Mullins wrote it.
Rupert Graves: Oh right – he’s a nice bloke, he’s actually in this.
Rupert Graves: Yeah, he’s a very interesting man.
Rupert Graves: (Laughing) No, he’s suddenly grown some tartan hair, which is weird, it's never happened before to anyone, but it has happened to Chris Mullin.
Rupert Graves: Yeah, yeah.
Rupert Graves: Well, this is actually nothing really like it, it’s kind of umm, very loosely based on that book, that book is about a very socialist prime minister, who is basically brought down by the right wing establishment, who just can’t tolerate the idea of a socialist prime minister.
Rupert Graves: Umm, this is more about a kind of “centre left” politician, and there’s a vacuum…
Rupert Graves: Probably a bit more right wing then Blair, he was a bit right wing, but more overtly, yes, Blair really was quite right wing, and it’s not really the establishment that’s bringing him down, it’s more about a power struggle within his own party, the coup happens in his own party.
Rupert Graves: Yeah!
Rupert Graves: Yeah, Blair was more complicated, because he’d already made a promise with Brown. (Laughing) The ups and down’s of politics.
Rupert Graves: Yeah (laughing) I am, I’m sure they will be!
Anything else planned for the future?
Rupert Graves: Yeah, we spoke it about it the other day, it’s called…. (In American accent) “Air Force One Is Down”. I’m filming in Luxembourg in about two weeks I think.
Rupert Graves: Dragutin, he’s a kind of Serbian quasi army leader, who is like, who is a top notch baddie.
Rupert Graves: (Laughing very loudly) No, no, not as good as that!
Rupert Graves: He’s not even as good as “The Sheltering Desert”.
Rupert Graves: I’ll really have to look at that one day!
Rupert Graves: (Laughing) I bloody do!
Rupert Graves: (Laughing) I can’t remember!
Rupert Graves: Yeah, yeah I know.
Rupert Graves: (Laughing) No idea.
Rupert Graves: (Incredulous) Five with my meal!
Rupert Graves: Christ!
Rupert Graves: (Laughing) Pissed?
Rupert Graves: That’s all for the moment, but obviously there’s going to be some more “Sherlock”, but I’m not sure when.
Right, because he didn’t “die” did he ?
Rupert Graves: Umm, well no, he didn’t did he?
Rupert Graves: (Laughing) No, unless they made a new series called “Watson”.
That reminds me, the spin off from “Morse” you guest starred in, “Lewis”.
Rupert Graves: Oh yeah!
Rupert Graves: Oh really, he’s been doing that for quite a while now.
Rupert Graves: No, I don’t think so, but you never say never, I don’t know.
Rupert Graves: I’m not sure, I think they are conscious about not doing an umm, overkill, they just want to keep it special.
When we spoke last, you mentioned that you had another voice over in the pipeline?
Rupert Graves: Yeah, I’m doing a series called “Inventions that shook the world”.
Rupert Graves: How did you know that!
Rupert Graves: Yeah, that’s exactly what it is … I think there are ten of them, so I’m doing them in a large lot.
Finally Rupert, I know we touched upon this the other day, but do you have any plans in the future for any stage work?
Rupert Graves: No, no stage work at the moment.
Rupert Graves: Yeah, if a really nice play comes along, I’d want to do it.
Rupert Graves: Yeah, I did!
Rupert Graves: No, too old!
Rupert Graves: Yes, and it’s a young man’s thing, it’s one of those things, he’s a kind of rash and impetuous man, and you can kind of get away with that when you’re young, but if you saw an older person doing it, you just think “you fucking knob, grow up!”
(Laughing) As in, behave yourself?
Rupert Graves: Yeah, come on!
Rupert Graves: Very well!
Rupert Graves: (Big sighs) The same as Newcastle.
Rupert Graves: I know, exciting isn’t it?
Rupert Graves: Who are Spurs playing?
Rupert Graves: That’s right, they are.
Rupert Graves: Maybe, maybe – we are playing West Brom at West Brom.
Rupert Graves: I dunno, I really don’t, we’ve never won a game without “Arteta”.
Rupert Graves: Yeah, can you remember at the beginning of the season people were saying that Arsenal would be luck to finish tenth?
Rupert Graves: Yeah, I do! He’s done remarkably well…. Do you think you are going to lose Demba Ba and Cisse?
Rupert Graves: Really?
Rupert Graves: (In the correct accent) “That’s Roight”.
Rupert Graves: Collins, yeah, he’s from Bristol.
Rupert Graves: (Laughing) That’s me, once a hustler, always a hustler.
Rupert Graves: (Laughing) Whatever do you mean?
Rupert Graves: (Laughing) I know, I know.
Rupert Graves: Yeah, yeah, we’ll do that, it’ll be fine. Brilliant.
Rupert Graves: Yeah, sounds good!
Alright man, nice to talk to you again.
Rupert Graves: Bye.