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Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott

The Stag

Total Film

April 2014

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From menacing Benedict Cumberbatch in the Beeb’s Sherlock to launching a big-screen blitzkrieg in 2014, Andrew Scott is what they call “fast rising”.

The revelation in the final frames of Season 3 of Sherlock that Jim Moriarty would be returning to the hyper-successful series, despite clearly blowing his brains out in Season 2, sent the show’s army of obsessed followers into a giddy frenzy. It may be a while before we get to see Moriarty’s comeback tour but there won’t be a Scott screen shortage in the meantime.

First up is The Stag, an immensely likeable Irish comedy anchored by the actor’s turn as Davin, pensive best man to an uptight groom (Hugh O’Conor) who organises a stag do in the great outdoors only to have it gatecrashed by the bride-to-be’s crudely macho brother (Peter McDonald). Awash with heart and broad-strokes humour, The Stag mines the alpha-male/ metrosexual clash to entertaining effect and is a nice change-up for Scott, even if his teeth are still chattering at memories of the outdoor shoot.

“It was fucking Baltic!” he laughs when Total Film grabs a bevvie with him at the Toronto Film Festival. “On the first day, we shot the scene where we wake up naked in the leaves. The props guys were throwing these cold, wet Irish leaves on us with smirks on their faces.”

At 37, Scott’s no overnight success: he’s been cramming in stage and telly work for years. But his impish, Bafta-winning turn as Sherlock Holmes’ skin-crawling nemesis has delivered his film career a turbo boost. Apart from The Stag, Scott also has Locke out this year, in which he plays one of Tom Hardy’s phone tormentors, and recently shot, in swift succession, Ken Loach’s Jimmy’s Hall; Pride, a comedy-drama about the unlikely alliance between gays and mine workers during the 1984 miners’ strike; and the latest big-budget stab at Frankenstein, opposite James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe.

“I’m the man of faith, the psychological counterpoint to the man of science,” says Scott of his role as the inspector investigating Victor’s reanimation games. As for his return to Sherlock, Scott admits he’s known about Moriarty’s resurrection for two years but promises fans won’t be disappointed when it finally comes. “I’ve heard what they have planned and it’s incredibly original. Stay tuned.”
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