Dominic West said that getting into the cast of Downton Abbey was “very difficult” and that his first experiences on set were surreal.
The actor will play the lead role in the upcoming Downton Abbey film: A New Era, alongside a series of well-known actors such as Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and Michelle Dockery.
West describes the entrance to the Downton family in a new weekly review podcast, Downton Abbey: The Official Podcast.
The podcast, hosted by Jacqueline Coley and Anita Rani, features exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes access to the cast’s production teams.
Speaking on the podcast, West said: “It’s tough being on a show that’s been going on for such a long time, it’s such a huge phenomenon and such a huge hit.
“I’ve never been to Highclere (the castle) before… you go up the road and you go over the foothills and there it is.
“It’s like some Disney castle and you can’t believe it’s real.
“It was an extraordinary outline against, against the horizon and… so that was the first kind of breath.”
I’ve never been to Highclere (the castle) before… you go up the driveway and you go over the foothills and it’s there. It’s like some Disney castle and you can’t believe it’s real.Dominic West
When meeting his co-stars, he added: “I had a whole day or two, even with Maggie Smith. I was sitting next to her at that famous dining table.
“I’m talking to her… she’s the funniest woman alive and also the cutest.
“It was funny sitting there talking to her, it was amazing and… all the actors sat down and you can see how long they’ve been doing this.”
West said that the food scenes in the series were “difficult to film” due to the heat and the need to film each character, but added that he was “like a kid in a candy store” throughout the process.
Downton Abbey: A New Era is the much-anticipated cinematic return of the global period drama phenomenon, which follows the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants.
The film, written by Julian Fellowes, sends familiar faces to the South of France to uncover the mystery of the Dowager Queen’s newly inherited mansion as they attempt to escape a film crew. in Downton.
The film will open in UK cinemas from 29 April 2022.
Downton Abbey: The Official Podcast will be available on all major podcast networks from March 15.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/dominic-west-describes-daunting-experience-of-joining-downton-abbey-cast-41447272.html Dominic West describes ‘difficult’ experience joining cast of Downton Abbey