Luke Evans Revels In Playing A Tortured Leading Man
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Luke Evans’s John Moore is also on the run from a broken heart in TNT’s The Alienist

Luke Evans is no stranger to playing dashing leading men, but his portrayal of John Moore in TNT’s The Alienist has a darker twist to it. The limited series doesn’t shy away when it comes to showing violence and suspense, but it also showcases the turmoil in the heart of Evans’ John Moore.

After Moore’s fiance leaves him for another man, he turns to the bottle and frequents brothels to lessen his pain. When his college friend, Dr. Laszlo Kreizler, enlists him to help catch a serial killer, Moore is faced with the seedy underbelly of New York City that he only used to flirt with. Evans has been on a strong streak of feature films in the last few years, but his performance in this limited series is one of his most controlled and layered to date.

You haven’t done TV other than The Great Train Robbery in 2013. What made you want to join The Alienist?

Television has come quite a long way—especially American television. It’s really gone through the roof in the last few years. I got to meet the director and read the book and quite a few of the scripts. I was truly taken by the idea of 10 hours—that’s so much time. To spend that much time shooting with a character and getting into his skin was definitely something to look forward to.

I love the relationship between John Moore and Laszlo Kreizler. Did you and Daniel have a lot of conversation about how to maintain that relationship?

We did some rehearsals together, but, honestly, it grew organically. Daniel’s character can be very difficult, and that was easy to play off of. Laszlo is very cerebral, so playing an emotional character opposite that was interesting. When the first few episodes aired, people on social media would say, “Oh, poor John! How does he put up with it!” Even though they are very different, the friendship is so deep that there is a mutual respect for each other.

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BBC Radio 2 Interview about The Alienist
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Perri Nemiroff sits down with director Angela Robinson and stars Rebecca Hall and Luke Evans to discuss their upcoming film Professor Marston & The Wonder Women:

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Q&A with Luke Evans
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Actor Luke Evans stars in thriller The Girl On The Train, which was released this week. We spoke to the Welsh actor and Audi driver about what he gets up to when the cameras stop rolling

He’s slain a dragon in The Battle Of The Five Armies and played the vampiric Count in Dracula Untold, now Welsh actor Luke Evans is hitting cinema screens in blockbuster The Girl On The Train – an adaptation of the best-selling thriller that got commuters everywhere totally hooked. Audi and partner Curzon were delighted to host an advanced screening and exclusive Q&A with script editor Kate Leys and Oscar winning producer Mia Bays a few days ago, and we even managed to sit down with Luke before his Audi A8 picked him up for the airport…

London or LA? London is my home, it’s been my home for 20 years. I’ve wanted to live here ever since I was a child.

Heroes or villains? Both heroes and villains are fun to play as they both come with their own challenges. The Girl On The Train was a thoroughly rewarding experience, and getting to work with Emily Blunt was a bucket-list moment for me.

The book or the film? I’m not a huge bookworm, although I read a lot of scripts, which are like mini novels! If I’m shooting a film that is an adaptation of a book then of course I will read the book.

Rugby or football? Rugby has always been a family favourite sport in our household. We were brought up playing it, we were brought up watching it, and I still think one of the most amazing experiences you can have is watching Wales play at the Millennium Stadium.

Instagram or Twitter? Both are interesting platforms – Instagram is more arty but Twitter is more immediate.

Home or away? People ask me where I go on holiday, and my usual answer is home, because I spend so little time there.

Stage or screen? I don’t prefer one to the other, they are both incredible mediums. Theatre obviously is live and you have an audience but with film you’re able to tweak and redo scenes as you go along. They are too different for me to be able to choose one.

Drive or be driven? Probably the most rewarding experience in my life as a driver has been to drive an Audi car – from the R8 to the SQ5. Also, being driven in an A8 to a red carpet event always makes you feel a little bit royal!

Technophile or technophobe? I love technology and gadgets. It sometimes takes me a little while to get my head around some of them, but they’re amazing. Most of my house is digital and I can access most things from my iPhone.

Half-full or half-empty? Always half-full. I had a teacher who used to say, ‘Some people walk in the rain and others get wet.’

Cats or dogs? I don’t have any pets now but I had cats during my childhood. I’d love a dog, but sadly with all the travelling I do it’s too impractical.

Rule keeper or rebel? I think I’m probably more of a rebel than a rule keeper. Let’s just leave it there…

Beach or backpack? I backpacked around Southeast Asia for three months when I was 23 and I loved every second of it.

Night out or night in? I can enjoy a great night out as much as I can enjoy sitting in front of the TV with a bowl of popcorn and the fire on.

High culture or pop culture? I like to mix up culture. Through Audi I’ve been to many ballets and operas which I have loved, but I quite like a bit of pop culture now and again too.

Written by Emma Barlow. Photographs by Alexander Rhind.

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The Irish Times Interview
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Starring with Emily Blunt in Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Girl on the Train’ is a long way from the West End – or the tiny Welsh village where Evans grew up.

Dressed casually, and speaking with that musical Welsh lilt, Luke Evans cuts a pleasingly languid figure. Well, he can afford the effortless demeanour: it’s not as if his new film – a big-screen adaptation of the monstrously bestselling thriller The Girl on the Train – could be anything other than a monstrous box office hit.

As the new movie opens, Rachel (Emily Blunt), a lonely alcoholic, fantasises about a hot, young couple she observes on her daily commute. She believes that Megan (Haley Bennett) and Scott (Luke Evans) have a perfect marriage. But then Megan goes missing. And between blackouts and half-remembered drunk calls to her ex-husband, Rachel may or may not be a suspect.

Luke Evans as Scott broods and rages accordingly.

“I guess he’s a man of few words. When he gets going he has plenty to say. But by then he has all these questions and he doesn’t trust anybody.”

As with Evans’s role in Stephen Frears’s 2010 drama Tamara Drewe, starring Gemma Arterton, we are quite a way in to the movie before he gets to wear a shirt. He recalls reading the script for the first time: “Okay. Sex here. Then sex. Then more sex. Lucky I had been going to the gym.”

Physicality is something of a specialty with Evans. His swagger allowed him to pass as Jason Statham’s kid brother in Fast & Furious 6 and 7; his deranged filmmaker was the best and scariest thing in Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise.

“I didn’t think I was going to be covered in blood for most of High-Rise,” says the erstwhile star of Dracula Untold. “Another film covered in blood. What the hell is going on?”

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The Girl on the Train star Luke Evans: ‘I wasn’t looking for fights …’
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Not every actor knows the secret of his or her appeal. Not every actor wants to. But Luke Evans gets it in one: “I’ve been told I give off a very masculine vibe.” He says this almost reluctantly, as though he has been asked during a job interview to list his most appealing qualities. “I’ve got an expressive face and I’ve played a lot of angry, tormented creatures. The feedback is that I present myself as a very strong man who can love as much as he can kill. He can care for his children and he can also turn around and fight 15 men.” He continues more quietly in his Valleys lilt: “I don’t have children. I hope I will do at some point.” This moment of reflection is all the lovelier for being entirely unsolicited.

We are in a hotel room where the 37-year-old Evans is dressed smart-casual: dark polo shirt, light grey trousers, black suede boots. He is not a demonstrative man either on screen or off, so it can appear that he has achieved success by stealth. Even in noisy blockbusters he maintains a studied composure. As Bard the Bowman in the Hobbit trilogy, he slew the dragon without making a song and dance about it. He was sweet and excessively shirtless as the token hunk inTamara Drewe but he has also been psychotic in the grisly No One Lives and a brace of Fast & Furious films (six and seven, if you’re wondering).

Now he finds himself in a sure-fire hit: an adaptation of the bestselling thriller The Girl on the Train which he says is “about broken people struggling with their demons”. The movie begins with a lonely souse (Emily Blunt) fantasising on the commute into town that the house she passes each day belongs to the perfect couple. In fact, Megan (Haley Bennett), the woman who lives there, is woefully unhappy despite the attentions of her husband, Scott — which is where Evans comes in. “They’re madly in love but he knows something isn’t right. They argue fiercely. They fuck passionately. He loves her and wants it to work but she’s given up. He doesn’t have a lot of people in his life. She’s everything. I felt sorry for him.”

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Luke, Sienna and Tom on their insane new film, “High-Rise”
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How was it to work on High-Rise?

Luke Evans: Liberating is a very good word. It’s how I felt everyday.

What kind of inspiration did you use when preparing for your roles?

Luke Evans: Somebody kept coming up in my mind — Oliver Reed. Just because of the way he lived his life. He was a hellraiser and he had this fire in his eyes. A very intimidating presence when he wanted to be and incredibly charming when he wanted to be also. There was a very unpredictable nature about him. When you watch interviews with him you just didn’t know whether he was going to give you a kiss or head-butt you. There was a real fine line depending on what you asked him. And I thought that was a really interesting energy to bring to [my character] Wilder. I felt like he was the same often. There’s a scene in the film where he’s chatting to this one woman at a party and this guy comes over and says, “Why are you talking to my girl?” and instead of just walking off because he was walking on territory he shouldn’t have, he punches this guy in the face. And then absolutely pulverizes him. He’s an unusual creature. Somebody you wouldn’t want to meet on a night out, that’s for sure. But I felt that person that we all know of as Oliver Reed was a perfect reference for Wilder.

Did you find yourselves making parallels between the world in the film and the world we live in today, particularly with how isolated we are from one another due to social media?

Luke Evans: It’s very insular — that what’s weird about the story. They can leave at any point. That front door is never locked. They can leave but they choose to stay. There’s something inside of them. They want to live this rule-breaking primal life. Breaking into supermarkets. Stealing things. Having sex with your neighbor. Killing your neighbor. All these strange bizarre things are going on yet all of them can walk away from it at any point. It’s almost like a drug. What’s deep inside of us is ignited in this film.

There would be no story if your characters left the building, but why was it so difficult for them to leave? What kind of logic or backstory did you create for each of your characters about why they chose to stay?

Luke Evans: Well I think for Wilder’s character, there’s questions he wants answered. He wants to know who the architect is for a start. There’s this man who lives on the top floor that he’s never met, and he’s fascinated as to how [his neighbor] Dr. Laing has turned up late and has become friendly with the top floor so quickly while Wilder has never been accepted into that echelon of society, which exists only a few floors above him. He wants to find out those answers. The only way to find them out is by staying and trying to find his way to the top. For him, leaving is not an option. He’s actually dumped outside in a shopping trolley at one point and just gets back up, finds his camera and walks back in. It’s bizarre to put yourself back into the lion’s den. But he chooses to do that.

Luke Evans: And people follow people. Trends happen. There’s a pack mentality in human nature. Especially in children. You see it a lot in school playgrounds. You want to latch onto the successful group or majority. We have this big trend in London of men having beards. It’s traveled and transcended now all throughout the Western world — I can’t grow it and that’s why I’m so bitter! But even things like that, people like trends. And I think in this story, you see everybody become part of this circus of damnation in order to avoid becoming the minority. It’s really dark.

The film is set in London but had its premiere in New York, another city where it could easily have been set. Since you all travel back and forth between the two cities frequently for work, what are your thoughts on each place and what they offer?

Luke Evans: London falls asleep. London has a sleep mode. But New York doesn’t. It never stops. My God, this city never stops! It’s so noisy. I feel like in London you can turn a corner and you’ll find a street with no traffic and no people. Here, I’ve tried it: it’s impossible. It’s impossible, I’ve done it. Literally, I’ve walked everywhere in this city. I lived here for three months. I couldn’t find a moment of solace. It was a massive difference for me between London and New York. I love it though. I really love it.

Read the full interview, here.