2014 Gently With Honour Interview

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2014 INSPECTOR GEORGE GENTLY VII
GENTLY WITH HONOUR – Film Three
Oliver Johnstone (Scott Tanner)

WHAT CHARACTER DO YOU PLAY?
OliverI play Scott Tanner. He’s quite a damaged young guy who gets discharged from the army. He idolises his older brother, Mark.

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HAVE YOU WORKED WITH MARTIN SHAW OR LEE INGLEBY BEFORE?
OliverNeither of them. But they were both very nice and welcoming; even on the days they had to forcefully interrogate me.

DO YOU HAVE A MEMORABLE SCENE FROM FILMING IGG VII?
OliverThere was a pretty funny day when a bunch of us were in full army kit with real rifles, going nuts in a muddy field. We were pretending to be high on LSD.

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DID YOU DO ANY RESEARCH FOR YOUR ROLE?
OliverYes. A lot. The period, the army, the area, schizophrenia, PTSD, the effects of LSD…

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DO YOU THINK THE ARMY HAS CHANGED FROM THE 60S?
OliverI think since the first Gulf War perception of the army has dramatically changed. The majority of the country now venerates the bravery of soldiers, even if they don’t agree with the cause of war. In the 60s, because it was a time of social revolution after the austere 50s, there was a widespread distrust of authority.

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HAVE YOU FILMED IN THE NORTH EAST BEFORE?
OliverNo but I’d love to again. Durham and Newcastle are great cities and the people are amazing. We filmed on the moors just outside Durham – you feel really isolated and insignificant but it’s actually quite a comforting feeling and the views are spectacular.

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DO YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN THE SIXTIES?
OliverI may have inherited a few dodgy ties from my dad, but I love the music of that era. Lots of bands that I listen to were producing some of their best work in the 60s like The Rolling Stones.
The police needed real ingenuity without having the technology we have now.

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WHAT IS THE ONE ITEM YOU WISH YOU COULD TAKE BACK WITH YOU FROM 2013 TO 1969?
OliverI’m not sure I’d take anything back. Maybe a normal fitting pair of jeans … ?