Kenneth Branagh plays Boris Johnson; Defends Covid drama ‘This England’ criticized by critics as ‘too fast’


Kenneth Branagh has defended the upcoming political drama This England, in which he stars as British former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is labeled by many as ‘too early’.

The six-hour series details how the British government handled the first chaotic months of the coronavirus and the national lockdown. Critics of the upcoming show say it’s too early to imagine such a drama, with its massive death toll leaving hundreds of thousands of Britons still robbed and economically vulnerable.

To them Branagh says in an interview with: The Time“I think these events are unusual and part of what we need to do is recognize them. It can allow people to process a little bit of what happened. Any way to better understand it is important.”

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Oscar winner Branagh spent two hours every day wearing makeup and transforming himself into British former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but consciously chose not to reveal himself to the cast and crew every day until he turned into Johnson, he said. he the newspaper.

“When you play Shakespearean kings, most of the performance is given to you by those who respond to you as they would to a king. I found that to be the case in this case. I didn’t really see another actor like myself so when I got on set people reacted a bit like their characters might [to the prime minister].”

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Branagh also revealed that he had to actively stretch out at the end of each day after playing for hours as the politician, who was being harassed on the political and personal front at the time – his first months as the country’s prime minister and meeting the demands of Covid-19. which coincided with his divorce and the impending birth of his child with girlfriend Carrie Symonds.

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“He has a top-heavy, flowing physicality that goes out into the world,” Branagh . said The timesin which Johnson is described as a “very bent over kind of guy.”

This England, like many British TV series, its Sky Atlantic debut in the UK has been delayed a week after a national period of mourning for the Queen was declared. It will now air on Sky Atlantic and Now early next month.