Leonardo (TV Series)
Role: Ludovico Sforza
Start: 02 Dec 2019 - April 2020 Italy
Made in Italy aka The Long Way Round
Role: Director & Screenplay Writer
Start: 01 May - 10 June 2019 Tuscany
Release: 07 Aug 2020 On-Demand, Cinemas that are open and Drive-Ins
The Hot Zone (TV mini series)
Role: Trevor Rhodes
Start: 13 Sep - 21 Dec 2018 TO/S.Africa
Release: 27-29 May 2019 NAT GEO 9/8C
Role: Edwin Jarvis
Start: 10 Aug 2017 - 12 Jan 2018
Release: 26 April 2019 worldwide
The Rook (TV Series)
Role: Dr. Andrew Bristol
Start: 19 Jul - 21 Sep 2018 London
Release: 30 June - 18 Aug 2019 STARZ
Role: Captain Drey
Start: 15 June - 02 July 2018 Wales
Release: 02 April 2020 Netherlands
Kevin (Probably) Saves The World: #1.12
Role: English Muffin (voice)
Release: 16 Jan 2018 (ABC)
Homeland Season 07 (TV series)
Role: Thomas Anson
Start: 17 Nov 2017 - 23 Mar 2018
Release: 11 Feb 2018 (SHO)
Das Boot (TV series)
Role: Philip Sinclair
Start: 31 Aug 2017 - 18 Feb 2018
Release: 23 Nov 2018 on SKY (Germany)
Role: Adam Bird
Start: 12 June - 09 July 2017 Vilnius
Start: 17 May - 08 June 2017
Release: 14 May 2019
Role: Colonel Winnant
Start: 23 May - 02 Sept 2016
Release: May 2017
Chicken/Egg (short film)
Director & Screenwriter
Start: April 2016
Release: Feb 2017 Film Festivals
Enemy of Man
Hoping to shoot at the end of 2019
Shooting: Summer 2019 Belgium
The Last Draw of Jack of Hearts
Role: attached with Josh Hartnett
No Man's Land
Role: attached with Bart Ruspoli directing
Egregor (Also called The Last Egregor)
Role: attached (unconfirmed) with Franziska Petri
Production: 22 March 2017 - Winter 2018 Ukraine
Release: France Ukraine Canada
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Actor James D’Arcy puts on his writing hat and steps behind the camera for ‘Made in Italy’
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James D'Arcy takes a breather in the Tuscan countryside before directing his next shot (IFC Films)
29 July 2020: Herald Tribune / By Ed Symkus
There’s a method, maybe even an art, to chatting up veteran movie stars who have likely been asked the same old questions over and over. You try to avoid bringing up topics they don’t enjoy talking about. In the case of actor James D’Arcy, you probably don’t want to mention the overused comparison to actor Benedict Cumberbatch – that they bear a resemblance, they’re the same age, they’re both from London. Or maybe you bring a new twist to it.
Reaching D’Arcy by phone to talk about “Made in Italy,” the first feature he’s written and directed, I told him about an old piece I’d found in which a British reviewer wrote something to the effect of “If Cumberbatch is the Beatles of modern British acting, D’Arcy is the Kinks.”
His response was a big, cackling laugh. “I’ve never heard that quote,” he said. “I have no idea what it means, but I love the Kinks. In any case where I’m compared in any way to them, I am utterly thrilled.”
Put the actor at ease. Make him laugh. That’s how you get a good interview. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to tell him that “Made in Italy” – the story of tribulations in a father-son relationship, starring real-life father and son Liam Neeson and Micheál Richardson – is a sweet, funny, charming, and positive movie.
Q: More and more actors are checking out their writing and directing skills these days. What got you to try it?
A: I started writing the script about 12 years ago. I wrote it to act in it, not to direct it. I thought, if I write a really good role for an older male, and it were bankable, then maybe we could get a bit of money together. So, I wrote it, I got stuck, then it just sat there for a while. I had written a couple of other projects, and there was talk of me directing one of them. But that didn’t come together. But by then I was intrigued to know if I had any aptitude for, or even would I enjoy, directing. Then on a flight from London to Los Angeles, I wrote a short film in one go. It was an 18- or 20-page short film in one flight. It was “Chicken/Egg,” which I directed in 2016, and we just got on YouTube. I made that film as an experiment to see how I felt about directing. And on day one, I was driving home and I thought, “Why did I have to wait till now to discover this is what I’d like to do?” I loved it!
Q: And that led to “Made in Italy”?
A: Sam Tipper-Hale, the producer of “Chicken/Egg,” asked what else I’d written, and I gave him the script for “Made in Italy.” It was a different-looking script with a different name and a different third act. We developed it and put it together with [actors] Bill Nighy and Jack Lowden, but then Bill couldn’t do it and he dropped out, and I thought of Liam. But I hesitated, because I didn’t know him at the time, and I assumed that because I was a first-time director and he didn’t know me, that we weren’t going to get anywhere. But my producers did not hesitate; they sent him the script, without telling me. Then I got an email from Liam saying he loved it, let’s meet and have a chat. We met, and he said, “I think there could be something very interesting in doing this with my son playing my son. I think we’d bring something to it that you can’t quite put your finger on.” I didn’t know his son Micheál at the time, but Liam said, “If you’re interested in the idea, why don’t you meet him and see how he gets on?” There wasn’t any pressure, but I met Micheál and he just had so much charm and is such an honest actor. And it worked out.
Q: Was there any trepidation about being in charge of a feature film for the first time?
A: The actual being-on-set part was not unfamiliar to me. I’ve done it for years. It was exhausting and all the things you’d expect it to be. But it wasn’t an extremely different experience for me. I tried to roll with the punches. When we got to the more emotional scenes, there was very little in my way of direction there. I explained [to actors] how long I thought it would take in a scene to get to the emotional bit, and then how long I thought we would be in that bit, in terms of camera positions and time, but then I just let them do it.
Q: As an actor, you’ve worked with a wide variety of directors, from the Wachowskis in “Cloud Atlas” to Peter Weir in “Master and Commander,” and Christopher Nolan in “Dunkirk.” Had you quietly been watching them and taking notes on how you would someday direct?
A: By the time I worked with Chris Nolan, I knew that I wanted to direct, so by then I was a hawk in terms of watching what he did. There were two things that weren’t even particularly film-related that he did on his set which I directly stole. He didn’t allow any mobile phones on the set, and there were no chairs. I realized that it keeps you really muscular, as a film crew. It keeps everyone focused. What often happens is, when you’re an actor, doing an emotional scene, you look off to the left and there’s a line of four people playing Candy Crush, because their work on that scene was done. We were shooting in one house for quite a while, we were a close-knit little group, and everybody was focused on doing the best we could.
“Made in Italy” opens in select theaters and drive-ins, and on various digital and VOD cable platforms on Aug. 7