The following are excerpts from other interviews done with Colin at the recent film festival in London. One cannot improve on Colin’s ability to incisively look into his character and describe it for us. We are fortunate that he is an intelligent and articulate man who is willing to share his thoughts with us.
Victor, I guess, is very much the, I think, the guy who found it tough. He was the guy that wasn’t allowed to serve, and to the youth at that time, that was a blow that was a shameful thing, you were publicly shamed for that, and he did experience that. And I, as a tough thing to put yourself in the shoes of, you know, I guess people now, that is what they think, “Great!” They didn’t have to go, they didn’t have to fight. But then, that was one of the worst things you could’ve gone through. You know, everyone around you just going. So Victor very much had to struggle with that emotional side of it.
I think for all of us, it was going back to the basics, going back to the letters I found the most useful. Obviously reading Testament of Youth itself. But the letters that are from A Lost Generation was the most useful, because reading them out loud, you’re essentially reading their words, you’re reading…it’s their voice. And to me, that was the first protocol, seeing what Victor was doing to me. What was he making me think, and how is he making me feel? And trying to do him justice, trying to do him proud, do his family proud. And that’s what it’s about. It’s different bounds and different grounds whenever you represent a real person, there’s something else that goes on in your head. And I’m not sure how to vocalise it, but it certainly felt like his heart was beating somewhere inside me
I was looking around for other interviews to excerpt and then found the following one, which is quite long, but well worth the time to read it all. It is entirely the words of Colin. The interviewer elicits very interesting responses from him. There is nothing short-cut about his replies, for example:
Victor is from a less privileged background than Edward and Roland and sometimes feels unable to articulate himself. He is quite reserved in showing his feelings, even to those closest to him and doesn’t have the common egotistical nature of that era. He’s good- natured, trustworthy, caring, and sensitive to others feelings. In the moments of Vera’s tragedy, Victor is there for her completely, despite all that he’s been through during the war and is very drawn to her.
I am sure if you take the time to read this excellent interview, you will feel rewarded by a deeper glimpse into Colin’s passion for this role.