20 Questions With...Jason FlemyngDate: 24 September 2001
Actor Jason Flemyng, currently starring in Antarctica at the West End's Savoy Theatre, discusses being stuck in a cave for six weeks with co-star Eddie Marsan and his ambitions to portray Elvis Presley on stage.
Jason Flemyng began his stage career playing the Tin Man in a school production of The Wizard of Oz. After studying at LAMDA, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company for three years. His projects with the RSC at the Barbican included Coriolanus, Moscow Gold and All's Well That Ends Well.
His first important screen role was A Question of Attribution, adapted from Alan Bennett's play about the 1950s spy scandal involving Guy Burgess. Further movie works included Indian Summer, Bernardo Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty and Hollow Reed, in which he played an abusive white-collar worker. He has also appeared on television in such series as Lovejoy, Tess of the D'Urbervilles and Dr Finlay.
However, Flemyng's most successful work to date came with Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Flemyng starred as part of a group attempting a major heist in London's East End, with the film proving to be something of a surprise hit in the UK and USA. Forthcoming productions will see him team up with Johnny Depp in From Hell and Mark Wahlberg and Jennifer Aniston in Rock Star.
Antarctica is based on the 1912 Antarctic expedition. A scientific team, who became stranded in a cave with only limited food supplies, accompanied Captain Scott's excursion. The play is written by David S Young, and is receiving its British premiere at the Savoy Theatre.
Date & place of birth
Now lives in
First big break
Career highlights to date
Favourite stage production you've worked on
What role would you most like to play?
What's the best thing currently on stage (not including your own production)?
What advice would you give to the government to secure the future of British theatre?
If you could swap places with one person (living or dead) who would it be & why?
Favourite after-show haunt
What do you like/dislike about the Internet?
Why in particular did you want to accept your part in Antarctica?
How did the actors set about creating a sense of arctic isolation in Antarctica?
What's your favourite line from Antarctica?
Antarctica previews at the West End's Savoy Theatre from 25 September 2001, before opening on 9 October for a limited season.