Rory Kinnear of Ridley Road discusses his ‘abominable’ co-stars, saying, ‘They tried to make life unpleasant.’


Rory Kinnear of Ridley Road discusses his ‘abominable’ co-stars, saying, ‘They tried to make life unpleasant.’

Rory Kinnear, who plays Vivien Epstein in RIDLEY ROAD, has spoken out about dealing with younger co-stars he “hates,” joking that he makes “life difficult” for leading lady Agnes O’Casey.

The BBC drama Ridley Road is based on Jo Bloom’s novel of the same name and covers the narrative of the East End’s far-right fascist movements in the 1960s and those who fought to put them down. Rory plays Colin Jordan, the leader of the new-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM), and quipped that his co-stars were “abominable” when filming the series.

When asked how working with young cast members Tom Varey, who plays Jack Morris, and Agnes O’Casey, who plays Vivien Epstein, has been, Rory quipped that he hates it.

He said, “It’s been horrible.” “I despise the youth. I despise their hopes and goals, and I’ve done everything I can to crush them.” “No, I mean, the beautiful thing about acting on any kind of production is that you get to work with a wide spectrum of people and ages, at various phases of their lives,” he continued.

“You work for a couple of months and get to know a lot of people, and then you don’t have to see them again.”

“No, I mean, clearly for Agnes, this is such a pivotal point in her life, as this is her first job after theater school.”

“To be virtually in every scene and being the main centrepiece for the program is amazing,” he told the BBC.

“I’ve tried to make her life as tough as possible, and to remind her that it wasn’t always like this, and that some of us struggled to find work!”

We all despise her for it, as pleased as she is.”

“During the 1960s, he had initially created the BNP with someone else, but they separated and became the National Socialist Movement, which in the program, we find him the head of in 1962,” Rory revealed of what drew him to the character of Colin.

“He did eventually find himself falling from grace – if you can say he was in a place of grace to begin with – and I believe he died about 2008, continuing his rant of hatred till the end.”


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