'Locke' star Tom Hardy and screenwriter Steven Knight talk about the development of their new road thriller about a man who has to revisit his past to rectify a serious mistake. The film was shot entirely in a car over a short period of time.
'I'd just come off the making of a more conventional film and wondered, 'Is there another way of doing the basic task [of getting] an audience to engage with the screen for 90 minutes?' Says Steven. 'It was like a shotgun wedding; he had a script and he had a couple of weeks and he wanted to shoot it and it's a big undertaking so I wanted to be a part of that as well and somebody who would take a risk with their work', Tom adds. When asked about his questionable Welsh accent he explains his reasoning behind it. 'He needed to have a working man accent', he says. 'In the British Isles there's many regional accents and a lot of them come with specific stereotypical baggage so we had to choose one. [We thought] it would be nice for him to have a voice that was at least soothing and gave off calm.' He adds: 'I tracked down a gentleman who I believed to be Welsh and subsequently turns out to not be Welsh. So anybody who's questioning my Welsh accent is absolutely right because I only found out a week ago that the man I based it on is not Welsh.'
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