INTERVIEW : LARRY LAMB + CLIVE RUSSELL

This interview first appeared on OK! Online

Clive Russell stars opposite Larry Lamb in new crime heist, The Hatton Garden Job, but OK! Online couldn’t resist asking him about Game of Thrones when we got the chance.

The veteran actor was one of the stand out stars of season six as Ser Brynden Tully (AKA the Blackfish), the fearless knight of House Tully who refused to surrender Rivverun to the traitorous Freys.

When Jaime Lannister killed the Blackfish, he left behind no wife or child, which made people wonder about his sexuality.

This is a question fans of the book series have been discussing in various Game of Thrones forum for years, so we asked Clive what he thought about the theory.

“I assumed he was hetoresexual but it works either way, there’s nothing that has been done so far or alluded to that says the other way,” the actor explained.

“It’s an interesting theory of many, many, many theories of every character in Game of Thrones!”

Clive sadly won’t be appearing in the new series of Game of Thrones, but he can currently be seen in cinemas in The Hatton Garden Job.

The actor plays Kenny Collins opposite Larry Lamb’s Brian Reader; the real-life criminals who were part of a team that managed to steal £200 million worth of diamonds from London’s Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company.

Check out OK! Online’s full interview with Larry and Clive below…

The Hatton Garden Job is based on real events and you’re playing real life criminals. Was there an opportunity to speak to them before or after filming?

Larry: No it was impossible they were all in jail. To get phone calls to people who are in jail you have to be family members. We had to proceed with whatever.

Is there ever a worry about playing real-life people, especially when they’re violent criminals who may not be happy with their portrayal?

Larry: These are hard guys, professional criminals, you know they’re in the business of doing things that sooner or later will get in the news. Part of that is who’s going to play you so you do your best and go by the script.

Clive: You can’t really second guess it. It would be fair to say that my guy is unfairly characterised as not being too bright. That might be the case that might not be. That was certainly the case in the script. You take the script, it’s your bible, and you assume and trust the people that have written it and just go with it.

It’s not often you find a script that features four or five central characters who are, you know, getting on a bit. Do you immediately jump at movies like this?

Larry: It was a great opportunity to work with people of my own age. Every time I go on a job I’m the oldest person there.

Clive: Nearly always or always, you’re the oldest guy in the room whatever room it is, particularly when you’re working. I just finished working with a group of students who were all fifty years younger than me. That’s pretty normal.

What is the transition like going from playing the young man, to the dad, to the grandad? Do you enjoy the roles now that you couldn’t play when you were younger?

Clive: Every stage is a surprise, I did something where I was playing Merlin and I was like “this is extraordinary, why I have they got me playing this?” But it’s obvious – I looked like Merlin looked in his late sixties. But somehow inside you’re still, “why am I not up for the 39-year-old?” It’s a very odd thing ageing. You’ve got that ahead of you. And you’re told a lot about that by what [jobs] you’re successfully getting. I die a lot now. It’s strange!

Larry: That’s the thing about ageing as a human being and ageing as an actor. It’s more in your face as an actor because all those parts that you were up for and were right for you just have to face the fact that it’s not that way anymore. You’ve moved on. You start off your career, sitting in a room full of actors and there’s some old guy who you’re asking to tell you stories then all of a sudden, hang on a minute, I’m the guy they’re all asking to tell stories.

What’s the biggest misconception people have of the older generation? Because, if this movie shows anything, it’s that older people shouldn’t be discounted.

Clive: It works both ways, as they take on a project, they go for it, but they mess it up for a lot of reasons like not knowing much about modern technology, which is certainly true of me as it’s the kind of thing you go to your son or daughter or granddaughter and ask “how do you do this” which, to take on a job like this without doing that also shows a kind of frailty.

Larry: There’s this interesting cooperation between generations in the film as this young guy, who’s the first one to get a clue about how to get in the building because that involves technology, realises he can’t get through two feet of concrete to get into the vault. That eventually leads him to these old geezers and I think that’s what makes it interesting.

Larry, Rob Brydon hinted recently about a Gavin & Stacey reunion – would you be up for it?

Larry: Of course, I don’t think there’s anybody in that program that wouldn’t want to do it again. I don’t know where Rob’s getting his inside information from, but he’s close to the heart, because everybody loved and everybody would, I”m sure, would be thrilled to be in it.

And Clive, what do you think about the Game of Thrones theory going round that Blackfish is gay because he never married?

Clive: I assumed he was hetoresexual but it works either way, there’s nothing that has been done so far or alluded to that says the other way. It’s an interesting theory of many, many, many theories of every character in Game of Thrones.

Is it a blessing and a curse to be known most for one role (or two in your case Larry for Gavin & Stacey and EastEnders), when you both have such varied filmographies of work?

Clive: It’s a delight, people coming out of the pub to talk to you about it and how much they like it. It’s lovely. Nobody wants to kick you well not yet. [To Larry] Have you ever been attacked?

Larry: No not at all, they just want to chat to you. You’re part of their lives.

Clive: I had one person say to me “you’ve been in my front room,” and I was like, “oh, right yeah!” That’s a lovely way of putting it.

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