Absolutely Nothing To Talk About with Dexter Fletcher

Dexter Fletcher photographed by David Loftus

Most will know him as Baby Face from Bugsy Malone or Soap from Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. I first knew him as the very handsome Spike, the American reporter on Press Gang and more recently as a man I’m lucky enough to call one of my most favourite friends.

He has the loudest and most infectious laugh I know, the most brilliant mind, a very clever eye and the voice of an angel (see clip at the bottom of the interview). Dexter Fletcher is the man of the moment thanks to his re- cent directorial debut, Wild Bill, which is in UK cinemas now and has been received with critical acclaim by some of our most formidable writers.

The Independent called it “The most affecting, funny, and sure-footed comedy-drama that we’re likely to see this year” whilst The Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw wrote “Why can’t all British crime dramas be so well written and well acted, and have a splash of comedy as confident as this?”

So here he is talking film, fashion, music, poker, steak and lots more about Absolutely Nothing :

Absolutely Nothing To Direct

This is a tough one as some things should be left as they are but ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ is one of my all time favourite films. But I’m not so arrogant and stupid to think I could do it better than it’s already been done.

Absolutely Nothing To Listen To

My wife, Dalia, directs opera and as a result I have my moments of getting into some pretty classic stuff. She is currently directing ‘Manon Lescaut’ by Puccini. Always worth a listen.

Absolutely Nothing To Read

Just started ‘The Sister Brothers‘ by Patrick DeWitt a comic anti-western. Loving every page so reading it very slowly.

Absolutely Nothing To Watch

Don’t do masses of TV but I’m happy to sit through ‘The Incredibles’ anytime.

Absolutely Nothing To Do

Then I’ll reluctantly go to the gym and see my trainer Sebo. A 6ft 9inch bastard who tries to stop me eating bread.

Absolutely Nothing To Eat

Then I’ll go to Union Jacks in Holborn and eat flat bread pizza to die for. The best around and made with all British produce.

Absolutely Nothing To Cook

Get me a rib eye and I’ll rub it with garlic and bash it with rosemary. Sublime!

Absolutely Nothing To Laugh About

Anchorman with Will Farrell. Always delivers and Steve Carrels is great in it too.

Absolutely Nothing To Wear

I love my Japanese clothes and designers so I’ll go Dover Street Market for some Comme Des Garçons or 45 RPM but you’ll have to go to Paris to find the nearest shop.

Absolutely Nothing To See

Wander over to the Tate Modern. Free and always great.

Absolutely Nothing To Play

I play poker badly and the piano even worse.

Absolutely Nothing To Get Excited About

Since directing ‘Wild Bill’ things are getting very exciting and I get more and more scripts to read. I am developing a few different ideas but my dream is to still make a Western.

Absolutely Nothing To Sing

I did a charity fund raiser for my wife and got to sing Michael Buble’s ‘Everything’ with an 80 piece orchestra. You might find it on Youtube if you’re really bored. I had the time of my life….

Make sure you go and see Wild Bill as soon as you can. It’s one not to be missed and you’ll be seeing a lot more from this very clever man with the best hair in the business.

You can also see this interview on Sabotage Times

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