Daryl McCormack (Peaky Blinders), Olivia Cooke & Ben Hardy are interviewed for their new film Pixie, the new comedy thriller from Barnaby Thompson. The film stars Olivia Cooke, Ben Hardy, Daryl McCormack, Colm Meaney, Dylan Moran, Chris Walley and Alec Baldwin, and was written by Preston Thompson.
“It was pretty terrifying, to be honest,” reflected Ben Hardy of his new movie Pixie, but he’s not talking about the deadly gangster priests he comes up against.
Instead, he’s talking to Digital Spy about the Irish accent that he had to adopt for the new gangster comedy-thriller. Luckily, both Hardy and co-star Olivia Cooke could call upon their Irish co-star Daryl McCormack for tips on set, alongside dialect coach Nick Trumble.
“There was lots of going up to Daryl, and just being like, ‘Is that how you would say this? Is that how you would say that? Does that sound all right?’. But it was definitely daunting. I just didn’t want it to be one of the worst Irish accents of all time,” Hardy added.
McCormack thought his co-stars passed the accent test with “flying colours” and like a good friend, he’d tell them that on set all the time – not that they’d believe him.
“They didn’t believe me throughout the whole film. So if they don’t believe me now, there’s nothing I can do,” he joked.
“I sat in with some of the dialect sessions with Nick Trumble, and he was very, very good, and very specific. Because I grew up around that area, and he was getting the sounds exactly as I would have heard them growing up.”
You can read the rest of the interview and watch the video over at the Digital Spy website
Ben Hardy is one of Britain’s brightest young actors, graduating from EastEnders to star in the likes of X-Men, Bohemian Rhapsody, and the upcoming Pixie. He speaks about the allure of fame and sharing his Instagram with Black Lives Matter
It’s at 1.2M followers, I’m conceited enough to know that,” says Ben Hardy, his features and gentle Dorset inflection slightly softened over Zoom when we speak in late September.
This isn’t some sort of not-so-humble brag – we’re talking about Hardy’s Instagram, which is looking a bit different these days. He handed the reins over to Black Lives Matter for the past three months, who ran three different takeovers, including one by the African Rainbow Family , an organisation working for equality for LGBTIQ people of African heritage; and one by activist and model Adenike, who campaigns for both BLM and Extinction Rebellion.
The content – powerful black-and-white shots from the BLM protests in July; brightly coloured squares detailing the facts about the struggles faced by the black community – is a definite departure from his previous posts.
Before the takeover, there’s a shot of Hardy slurping a milkshake alongside the words: “Getting my Kelis on.” Other posts include group shots from movie premieres, posed images from photoshoots (complete with self-deprecating captions) and silly BTS photos from last years’ Oscars.
All in all, it makes for quite the contrast – and it’s safe to say you wouldn’t initially have come to Hardy’s Instagram page to broaden your horizons on racial issues.
Instead, the 29 year old is probably better known for his roles on screens big and small. He first made his way into national consciousness during his stint as Peter Beale on EastEnders. From there, his career has made a stratospheric leap. He went on to play Archangel in X Men: Apocalypse in 2016, and in 2018 took on the role of Roger Taylor in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
The latter saw him earn a nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture at the 25th Screen Actors Guild Awards, while the film was also nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Most recently he plays lead character Frank in new comedy thriller Pixie, out in October.
And he isn’t only known for his acting talents. He has a plethora of Instagram fan accounts including one with the handle @hardyhoe (10k followers), populated by candid shots and details of his comings and goings.
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