The Creator (2017)
Role: Alan Turing
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The Snowman (2017)
Release: Oct. 13 2017
Release: May 2017
Chicken/Egg (short film 2016)
Release: Febr. 2017
The Long Way Round (2016)
Release: October 2016
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Role: Henry Howell
Release: 26 April 2016
Agent Carter (TV Series 2016, S.2)
Role: Edwin Jarvis
Section 47 (feature film)
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5 March - James' last day on the set of Survivor
- Category: Survivor
James finished filming his role in Survivor on March 5th. The last part of filming took place in Sofia's Nu Boyana Film Studios.
Survivor tells the story of a State Department employee (Milla Yovovich) newly posted to the American embassy in London, charged with stopping terrorists from getting into the U.S. That puts her right in the line of fire and she is targeted for death and framed for crimes.
James plays Paul Anderson. We don't know much about his role, but we think he plays a Secret Service agent (MI6 or CIA?) who is after Milla's character. He chased her in London's underground and was probably killed - there was an explosion filmed in Nu Boyana studio on his last day on the set... I hope my speculations are not true...
Interview: Capone does some deep thinking with actor James D'Arcy about AFTER THE FALL, JUPITER ASCENDING and more!!!
- Category: Survivor
Published on Feb. 14, 2014, 5:33 p.m. CST. Steve Prokopy "Capone" at Ain't It Cool News talked to James via phone from the set of his current film, the James McTeigue-directed SURVIVOR, with a stellar cast that includes Milla Jovovich, Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Angela Bassett and Dylan McDermott. D'Arcy was a real treat to talk with, even though he was afraid he wasn't in the best shape to be doing an interview. He described James as one of those wonderful, all-purpose actors with chameleon-like abilities who you've probably mistaken for other, more famous actors. When he wears his hair a certain way, you might think he was Ralph Fiennes; his phone voice is something of a dead ringer for Benedict Cumberbach...
James D’Arcy: Hi there. How are you, Steve?
Capone: Good, James. How are you?
JD: Good, thank you. You’ll have to forgive me if I’m a bit slow. I’ve come off a few days in a row of night shoots, and I’m kind of upside down. So, bear with me if you would. I’ll do my best.
Capone: Of course. Where are you calling from exactly?
JD: I’m in London at the moment.
Capone: Okay. The only reason I ask is because I actually saw the pilot of your TV series "Those Who Kill," and that’s shot in Pittsburgh. Are you done shooting that already?
JD: Yeah, yeah. We’ve done the first season. We finished it before Christmas. How’s the pilot? I haven't seen it.
Capone: Oh, the pilot’s terrific. I just watched it last night, and I won't lie, it freaked me out a bit.
JD: Go on, tell me, tell me. I’m intrigued.
Capone: I’m such a Chloe Sevigny fan, and the intensity with which she's approaching this character is so different than a lot of these procedurals do it. I’m really intrigued where it goes from there, because the first episode feels like a short film, and of course what you’re doing is a little nerve rattling as well. That moment where you lock her in the box is great.
JD: Right, well the pilot is a lift from the Danish show. I’ve never actually seen the Danish version, but I seem to remember when we shot it that it is actually an episode that they shot in Denmark. So that’s why it feels like a self-contained film, because all their episodes were 90-minute, self-contained TV movies. We deviate pretty quickly off of the pilot.
Capone: I’m looking forward to it. With AFTER THE DARK, I was describing the film to somebody as the most daunting philosophy final exam that you could have, plus it’s set in the apocalypse. What was it about this particular story that you found most appealing, other than you get to play God?
JD: [laughs] Well, there was that. I love the idea of being this Machiavellian puppeteer who was toying with these kids; lives. I liked that he was morally in a grey area, I guess, in terms of the way he was approaching things, and what he kept was saying was absolutely for real. I liked that complexity of it I suppose. I thought it was smart as well. It’s not often you read those kind of films and they have any kind of aspiration at all. And I thought that was really commendable and something that I wanted to investigate.
Another part of it was, they sent me a bunch of photographs of where we were going to go shoot in Indonesia, and it was very difficult to get away from that because it just looked so spectacular. I’m not sure that the Prambanan Temple has ever been in a film before. We stood on the side of Mount Bromo and shot there for; I think we were there for three or four days, and that’s extraordinary. That’s like filming on Mars, and it would be great when the sun came up. We'd get there at four in the morning, so we could get like the very first bit of light, and we could be shooting right away. At around about 11 o’clock, there’d be a light dust, like a light wind would come. Nothing, no big deal, but because all the volcanic dust is so fine there, a light dust is equal to a sand storm. So between 11am and 3pm, it was very difficult to film. It was extremely uncomfortable filming that sequence. And then at the end of the day, it would die down a little bit and it was great.
I did not know that it was an active volcano until we got there. I was under the impression that the last time that thing had blown was 300 years ago, and then when we got there, I think it was the production manager that said, “Oh no. There was an eruption last year.” And I said to him, “Seriously? Wow. But I mean everyone was safe, right?” He said, “No, no, 22 people died.” And I went, “Okay, so tell me what happens if the volcano does actually erupt?” He said, “We die.” And I went, “We don't get in fast cars and drive away?” And he said, “There’s no chance. You wouldn’t be able to do it.” So that added a bit of tension, which was kind of fun.
And the reward for getting through those four days was then we went to the Belitung Islands. I couldn’t believe that such a place existed on earth, because there are no tourists. There’s just no one. No one was there. There are thousands of those islands like the one that we shot on. I guess that was a little bigger than most. And the one that we shot on had been very slightly built on, and by "very slightly," I mean like two extremely modest structures, but there’s no water, and I think that's maybe why right now you can own one of those islands relatively inexpensively actually, but you can’t do much with it. I say "relatively inexpensively," I mean, you and me couldn't afford it. But if you had money and you wanted to own an island, it’s actually not that difficult to pick one of those up. But what you would do with it once you had it, I don't really know. But it was extraordinary because it was like filming in paradise.
Capone: Working with all these younger actors, did it make you feel not just older but slightly separate from the rest of the cast, which would be appropriate for this character.
JD: Yeah, I felt slightly separate from the rest, as you say, because I was at the front of the class, and I was looking at them. I was never part of their group. I wasn’t sitting next to anybody. There was always that separation in the script, and actually they were all extremely nice, and I hung out with them. We had a really good time, but there were a few moments when I certainly went, “Oh wow, I am definitely older than you guys.” Because they would be talking about things, and I had no idea what they were talking about. Belitung They’d be talking about like some pop star or something, and I would not know, and they would all look at me incredulously that I wouldn’t have heard of so and so. At the time that we shot it, I remember everyone on the set was playing Fruit Ninja, the app game. I'd never heard of it. They were all like, “What? That can’t be right.” So it was fun because I got to be 22 again. They brought me right back into the fold as it were.
Capone: Over the years, you've built up the reputation of being this perfect chameleon actor to the point where some people might not even realize it’s all the same person in all of these roles. And you also never repeat yourself in terms of the types of roles you take. Is that a deliberate thing, or is that just good fortune at this point?
JD: It’s a little bit of both. The truth is I am definitely attracted to something that I haven't done or something that scares me, something I feel I can’t do. That definitely is a motivational force, and then there is another part of that, which is, early in your career, you don’t have a huge number of choices, you just have to do what they offer you. There was a time in truth in my 20s when I did a huge number of period dramas in Britain, and I got to the point where I couldn’t really get anymore period dramas, because I had been in all of them. So I was just one of those faces to the people who were casting them that they were bored of seeing in those dramas. But then nobody in Britain would consider me for anything else.
That's actually why I first went to the States, because I was struggling to get work. And within six weeks of being there, I was cast in a pilot playing a gun-toting, he was an alien in truth, but with an American accent. An American-speaking, gun-toting, action figure--within weeks of getting there I was in a pilot, which I really enjoyed, but sadly they never picked it up. And then somehow--I don’t even know how it happened--something changed, and I guess I got a little lucky. And then at some point, it’s a little bit easier to say no to things that you feel like you’ve really been there before.
I do enjoy variety. It is really good fun. I think I would struggle with playing the same role for years and years and years. I don’t know that I would be a great fit for that kind of thing. I love the challenge of it. I did this one very small film, which very few people saw, called SCREWED, and I did it right after the Madonna film. Within four days, I went from being the King of England to being an East London prison officer. And it’s really the most frightened I’ve ever been, because all the people that were making the movie were from East London, the real thing. In fact, the guy who wrote it, it was essentially his autobiography. And, I remember getting on the set and going, “I can’t believe that less than a week ago I was playing the king, and now here I am playing someone who is actually employed by my 'niece'.” If you think about it, as a prison officer, you are employed by the Queen in Great Britain. So, I think I’ve been a bit lucky in that regard.
Capone: I could have spent this entire interview just talking about what you all did in CLOUD ATLAS, and I’m excited to see that you’re in Wachowski’s next film, JUPITER ASCENDING. I’m from Chicago and I know they shot a great deal here; did you actually get to shoot anything in Chicago?
JD: No, I hate to tell you, my contribution to JUPITER is relatively small. I am a part of it, but you’ll see when you see the film. I’m not a big part of it.
Capone: Can you just go ahead and tell me the whole story?
JD: [laughs] I am not going to tell you the whole thing. Man, they kept that script so under wraps. They didn’t give me the script; I had to go somewhere to read it. I guess that’s the way with all these big films now. I understand. If you’re going to spend all of that money making a big spectacle like JUPITER--you can tell it's going to be huge just based on seeing the trailer--you want the audience to have the surprise.
Capone: The Wachowski's were like that even before. They were always so secretive, which is great. What is different about the way the Wachowskis work with actors, and just work in general?
JD: I’ve often wondered about this question about directors. It’s so difficult to put your finger on it, because when it goes right--like it does with Andy and Lana, and it does with Peter Weir, and it does with Tom Tykwer and a number of other directors I’ve worked with--you can’t think how it could not go right. It’s just easy. They say three words to you, and you just know what they’re talking about. It somehow just works. And when it goes wrong when you’re with a director, and you just aren't connecting well, you can’t think what it was like when you were with a director where it worked. It’s so interesting. You’re on the set, and they’re talking to you and they give you the note, and you just don’t get it. I don’t know quite why that is.
Some people just have a great way of getting into an actor’s head and communicating with them really well, and Andy and Lana absolutely have that. And they’re also very playful on the set. They’re not precious about stuff. You don’t wanna change their words anyway, but in terms of the way that one might perform any given scene or line, they don’t have a preconceived idea of what that’s going to look like. They’re very playful, which I think is lovely, to go to work and have that freedom. You feel very safe with them. If you fail, they’re not going to put it in the film. You really do feel very protected by them in that regard.
Capone: I noticed also this summer you’ve got a comedy coming out. I assume it’s a comedy based on the cast that’s surrounding you.
JD: It’s a comedy, yeah.
Capone: Do you approach comedy any different than any other type of acting?
JD: I am not very funny in this film. [laughs] It is a broad comedy. I am not the funny part of it. I am the real threat in the film.
Capone: I was going to say, it sounds like you’re the villain.
JD: Yes, I’m the villain. I have done comedy though. Comedy is completely different than doing drama. With drama, they call cut, and I don't ever think about it ever again. I go have a nice meal, I go to bed, I sleep great. Comedy, you wake up at 3am in a complete sweat thinking, “Oh my god, if I had just moved an inch to the left, it would have been funny.” Comedy is horrendous to do. Drama, I can do that all day and all month and all year, but comedy is really draining. My hat is off to Will Farrell and people like that who are just so gifted in that area. It is a gift. It’s extraordinary, and I guess if I did more of it, I would learn more. I was just working with Dylan McDermott, and we were talking about THE CAMPAIGN, and he said that Will Farrell would just go off on a 17-minute take, and he had to spend 17 minutes in the shot trying not to fall over laughing.
Capone: So what are you shooting right now?
JD: It’s called SURVIVOR at the minute, with Mila Jovovich and Pierce Brosnan and Dylan. I don't know that it is going to end up being called SURVIVOR. I’m not sure. That is the working title.
Capone: Who’s directing?
JD: James McTeigue [the first assistant director on all three MATRIX films and second unit director on SPEED RACER].
Capone: Another Wachowski connection.
JD: Yeah, he’s great. He’s really wonderful.
Capone: Yeah, he’s really awesome. James, thank you so much for talking.
JD: Thank you, I appreciate it. Take it easy
James on the set of Survivor
- Category: Survivor
A new photo of James filming "in the bowels of London" appeared today. Milla Jovovich commented: "You make the bowels of London look "luxury" darlin!" We agree! (For more photos check the previous post )
Survivor centres on a United States State Department official, played by Milla, who is sent to work at the American embassy in London. She is tasked with stopping terrorists from getting into the US but when her offices are bombed and she is the only survivor, she is framed for crimes she didn’t commit.
Pierce’s character fights to clear her name as she goes on the run and attempts to stop a major attack in New York’s Times Square.
James' role in the film is as yet unknown. Judging from the photo (gun in his hand and a Spook-like look) he plays a spy/agent/MI6 employee. Is he chasing Milla through underground London or helping Brosnan's character to save her?
PS Tumblr is still "talking" about James' appearance in Harold Pinter's Theatre last week.
Two new Survivor behind the set photos
- Category: Survivor
James with Dylan McDermott, his co-star in Survivor. James wrote on his Instagram: With @mcdillet. He's too handsome to stand next to in pictures. This is the only one my ego can take... #survivormovie#nightshoots#backlight
James: @millajovovich, @piercebrosnanofficial and I sending you love from a rainy London nightshoot.... #survivormovie#thewatchmaker#nightshoots
Many thanks, James, for spoiling us with your photos lately!
More news and - let's hope - photos soon. James will attend After the Dark premiere in Hollywood, on Friday 7th February!
James is filming "Survivor” In London
- Category: Survivor
Thanks to Milla Jovovich (on Twitter) we got to know that James is her co-star in Survivor, a "V for Vendetta" director James McTeigue's action thriller. Survivor began filming on Monday, January 20. in London.
The photo was taken during the filming today: "Shooting in a tunnel that may lead to the centre of the Earth”.
Philip Shelby script follows a State Department employee (Milla Jovovich) newly posted to the American embassy in the UK. Given responsibility for stopping terrorists from getting into the US, she is soon targeted for death, framed for crimes she didn’t commit, and on the run.
Not only must she clear her name, but she must also stop a large scale terrorist attack targeting Times Square on New Year's Eve. Pierce Brosnan, Dylan McDermott, Angela Bassett and Robert Forster also star.
Irwin Winkler, Charles Winkler, Boaz Davidson and Matt O’Toole will produce.
On Instagram, Jan 31 2014 @jamesdarcy1234 posts:
"Our lovely leading lady keeping warm in the tunnel that might lead to the centre of the Earth.#survivormovie"
and to which @millajovovich reposts:
"#regram from my amazing co star @jamesdarcy1234 down in the bowels of #thelondonunderground while filming our new project #survivormovie#behindthescenes #londondiary thanks James for showing everyone how hard I work!"
February 1, 2014 @millajovovich tweets:
"@jamesdarcy1234 checking his reflection in his shoes. #asyoudo #behindthescenes #survivormovie#londondiary"
omigod, the comments on Milla's facebook page! heh-heh.. poor James!