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Great Escape for James
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JAMES D'Arcy is just back from buckling his swash on the high seas with Oscar-winning Russell Crowe. "He was very different to what I would be led to believe reading the tabloids," smiles James.
"But he's not a saint, either. He's a man who likes a drink on a Saturday night - so did we all."
D'Arcy first came to notice playing the lead role in ITV1's 2001 version of Nicholas Nickleby, adapted by Salford's Martyn Hesford, and the BBC1 Irish drama, Rebel Heart. Even so, he says he can still walk around unrecognised. That may be about to change. James co-stars with Russell in a movie blockbuster called Master And Commander, directed by Peter Weir. Due for worldwide release next month and based on the Patrick O'Brian novels, it tells the epic story of Captain Jack Aubrey, set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars.
But first, this sharp and articulate actor is back tonight in P.O.W. (ITV1, 9pm) - a new series set in a Second World War German prisoner of war camp. He plays RAF Flight Sergeant Jim Caddon, shot down over Germany in July 1940. Captured and transferred to Stalag 39, Jim is de-loused on arrival. That involved James stripping naked to be scraped with a hard brush.
He says: "I'd got sunburnt on the back of my neck and it was agony. I really felt pretty humiliated by the end of that, which is what real prisoners of war would have felt."
As with all such dramas, escape is the focal point for the inmates. Jim gets his chance later in the series. German guards with dogs chase him and fellow prisoner, Larry, to the edge of a cliff, before - in a Butch and Sundance moment - they both jump.
Although stunt men filmed the actual leap, James and co-star Craig Heaney stepped in to roll down the steep bank. "It was really scary," confesses James. "It must have taken three minutes to get from the top to the bottom and you can't see where you're going. Both of us were a little worked up beforehand but there was a great sense of accomplishment. I sprained my ankle, but not badly. It wasn't a big deal. I had to go to hospital and I was out of action for the rest of the day. But I went back and did it all over again!"
Filming the six-part series in Lithuania gave James plenty of time to reflect on what he would have done if he'd been a prisoner of war. Of 15,000 British airmen in permanent camps in Germany, fewer than 30 succeeded in reaching home or neutral territory.
"I'd love to think I'd be fabulously heroic and try and escape. But how can you tell? The guns, which in our case were fake, were very real, and escape was incredibly difficult. My great grandfather took the surrender of the Germans on Guernsey. The German officer said he hadn't had his orders through from Berlin to surrender, and my great grandfather then said some choice words that reduced the Nazi officer to tears."
Critics appear to be surrendering to the film adventure of Lucky Jack Aubrey and his British Navy ship HMS Surprise, which will receive a royal premiere in London. Some are already talking Oscars.
Filmed in Mexico and the Galapagos Islands, James reveals how Gladiator star Russell provided a much-needed escape half way through the five-month shoot.
"He said we should all go off and do something fun, so he put all the actors, their wives, girlfriends and kids up for a weekend in San Diego, booked us into a hotel, with three-course meal and dancing, and the next day we went to the zoo and swam with dolphins. He paid for the whole thing, at exactly the moment when everyone was going slightly stir-crazy. Being in that film was a completely different experience from everything else I've done. I'd have done it even if I'd had no lines to say."