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The BBC's revival of the classic 1970s post-apocalyptic drama by Terry Nation

Survivors actors share how-to ‘secrets’ with SFX

Posted by Rich Cross on September 5, 2010

As part of a ‘200 secrets’ feature in the 200th edition of SFX (October 2010), Survivors‘ actors Max Beesley (Tom Price) and Paterson Jospeh (Greg Preston) provide answers to questions posed by the magazine.

Paterson Jospeh was asked: ‘What’s the secret of playing the pain of a gunshot wound in the chest?’ (Greg was shot in the closing episode of series one). He replied:

“It’s just imagination, isn’t it? What you imagine it will be like. It would probably take you to another world, that kind of pain. Your body would shut down. Your blood supply would be going to just the vital organs, so anything else would basically be lacking oxygen and not being warmed up by your blood in the same way that it would have been before the trauma. So it’s basically trying to imagine, through the facts, what that would feel like […] If you undertand the mechanics of it, if you understand what’s happening to the body, then it’s just a matter of following through.”

Max Beesley was asked: ‘What’s the secret of creating a believeable screen psychopath?’. He replied:

“With most lunatics you find that they don’t tend to be aggressive. They always listen and watch, and the threat of violence is a lot more terrifying in real life that the act itself. So that quietness is more powerful.”

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One Response to “Survivors actors share how-to ‘secrets’ with SFX”

  1. gisele negre said

    I COULD NOT AGREE MORE WITH MAX . BIG MISTAKE FROM THE BBC FOR NOT DOING THE THIRD SEASON OF SURVIVORS .

    IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST SERIES AND MOST ORIGINAL . BUT IT’S NOT TOO LATE

    COME ON BBC , WAKE UP AND DO WHAT YOU USED TO DO BEST .

    WE MISS SURVIVORS , HOW CAN YOU LEAVE THIS SERIES UNFINISHED ?

    WE ARE WAITING FOR MORE .

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