How did you approach playing the role of J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland?

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How did you approach playing the role of J.M. Barrie in Finding Neverland?

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I created him from bits and pieces of observations from people who saw him as quite a dark figure – yet mixed together with the flashes of light and happiness that surely led him to write Peter Pan. The clothes certainly helped with the character. Barrie was not a social animal, so those suits and tight collars added to his uncomfortable nature. Did you find it difficult doing a Scottish accent? Musically and rhythmically, I initiallly couldn’t quite get a hold of it. I don’t think there are any recordings of Barrie in existence, so that didn’t help. Luckily, we had a couple of crew guys who were Scottish who picked up the falsities. Presumably, your kids won’t be seeing your next release, The Libertine? No. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone under, let’s say, 26. There’s too much sex. Rochester’s life was like a whirlwind. He was dead of drink and syphilis at 33. The film’s about as debauched as you can get. You’ve spent a lot of time filming in the UK recently. Did you enjoy it here?