Dexter Fletcher is a well-respected actor who was best known for his role as Spike Thomson on the hit series Press Gang, which ran from 1989 to 1993. Aside from his numerous film and TV accolades as an actor, Fletcher has proven himself to be a renowned director, beginning with 2011’s Wild Bill and most recently, the sports biopic Eddie the Eagle, with Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman. Fletcher returns in front of the screens as part of the ensemble cast of the visually striking neo-noir Terminal, coming to select theaters, VOD, and Digital HD on May 11.
World Film Geek had the opportunity to talk with Fletcher about his experiences on the film.
Thank you Dexter for talking about Terminal. I love neo-noir and visually striking films and this proved to have both and it was quite an experience seeing this film.
Great! That’s great to hear and I’m pretty sure the director will be great to hear that. It was such a great opportunity to do this film because I don’t know if I will have something like this again to play such a role. It’s a truly exciting role.
What attracted you to the role of Vince?
Well, it is such a great character because I’ve done my share of roles but who wouldn’t want to play a grizzled, angry sort of character who is somewhat cynical? He’s a hitman in that respect and I’ve done this for a number of years and getting a chance to work with these actors allowed me to bring that experience to the role and it was wonderful.
You got to appear on-screen alongside the likes of Margot Robbie, Simon Pegg, and Max Irons, the latter of who plays your partner in the film. What was it like working with them on the set?
I felt very lucky because it’s great when you have a group of people who are passionate and excited about doing a project that seems so original and has some great dialogue and it allows you to play with the environment. Everyone was so conducive about the film.
I’ve known Simon Pegg a long time from our Band of Brothers days so that was lovely. Margot’s an intriguing, inspiring, and a driven young person. She took control because she was also one of the film’s producers and she was just wonderful. Max is a great actor and the son of a legend [Jeremy Irons]. It was all you can imagine it to be really.
One of my favorite scenes involved you losing your patience with Alfred and waiting for the call and Alfred makes suggestions for you with your reactions. Were you given free rein in how to portray Vince or did you follow Vaughn Stein’s direction off the bat?
[Laughs]Yes! That was fun. Well, everything was written and I just gave off my interpretation of how to achieve it. Vaughn and I worked closely together and it resulted in that balance between exploding frustration and the inability to even do a puzzle or sit still for 10 minutes. So there was some improvisation in the performance but I did follow the script as well. And that’s why it worked so well.
Did you experience any difficulties while shooting the film?
Difficulties? Ummm, there was one moment when my chest had to explode from a shot. The first time they did it, it was a mild air squib. And it didn’t look right. So the special effects guy said let’s use five times the explosive. And that’s what worried me because this would be going to your chest and [laughs] the special effects guy was thinking crazy putting all this gunpowder in my chest. It turned out that I was okay after all. I think I was just being a bit of a wimp [laughs].
We shot at night in cold conditions, but it was all very well planned. It was a great shoot on the whole. I have nothing but fond memories of the whole experience. We were very fortunate in that respect. It wasn’t a massive cast. It was a very balanced production and it was great!
Finally, I know you are excited about Bohemian Rhapsody, which you recently directed. Is there anything else you are working on that you can talk about?
Yes, I’m working on Rocketman, which is about a young Elton John which will star Taron Egerton.
Awesome to hear you two reuniting because I love Eddie the Eagle.
Great, because Taron and I did want to work together again and I think he’s going to be impressive as a young Elton John. We start shooting in August on that film.
Terminal is now in select theaters, VOD, and Digital HD. If you like striking visuals and neo-noir, this film may be your cup of tea. Thank you again Dexter for taking the time to talk about the film.
Thank you so much and I hope everyone enjoys the film!
A special Thank You goes to Katrina Wan PR and Dexter Fletcher for making this interview possible. For more on Dexter and his latest, check out his official Twitter page.