Stephen Graham states that filming the movie “Boiling Point” in a single take was the most “Zen” acting experience of his life.
The Merseyside-born actor answered questions with film director Philip Balantini after being screened in Liverpool on Friday night.
The ongoing film follows Graham as head chef Andy Jones, who worked at Restaurant Jones and Sons in Dalston, London on the last Friday of December.
He states: “For me, this is the most acting I’ve ever done.
“When you are acting, you are always told that it is about being at that moment and living for the moment you are.
“Then you have no choice because you are actually in the moment and the environment.”
The cast and crew were planning to take over a restaurant owned by a friend of Valantini in March 2020 and shoot eight full takes, but with the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, they could only shoot four.
Valantini said the cast celebrated as if they had won the Champions League final when they called the cut on their third take.
“I was scrapped after about 3 days.”
According to Valantini, the fourth take was technically perfect, but the previous version was used in the film for performance.
Graham added: “I always said I would get it on my third take.”
Graham and Balantini, also from Merseyside, met about 20 years ago when they were actors in the Band of Brothers series.
The film is roughly based on Valantini’s time working as a chef, covering all issues such as self-harm, addiction, and racism in a one-night service space at the restaurant.
The actor was initially given a script for stage production only, without conversation, and improvised the words during the rehearsal.
“We have a blueprint or skeleton and we can decorate it.”
He also said he tried to make sure the cast was diverse.
“We wanted the cast to be a fair representation of what would happen to a kitchen in London, Liverpool, or a working class,” he said.
Asked how he works with his friends compared to Martin Scorsese’s director, Graham said the two are very similar.
He states: “They are the two I really admire and admire, and the two I love to work with.”
He said it was “silent” for families, including parents and sons, to attend the FACT Liverpool screening.
He said: “For me, it’s overwhelming.”
Boiling points are currently in UK and Irish cinemas and digital platforms.
Stephen Graham says it was “Zen” to shoot the boiling point of a movie in a single take
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