Actor Peter Capaldi talked about how Bill Forsyth saved him from life thanks to pakora and lager after starring for him in the Scottish classic Local Hero.
The Doctor Who and The Thick Of It star praised the Scottish film director in his acceptance speech after accepting the Scottish Bafta Award for Outstanding Contribution to Film & Television on Sunday.
He took part in a night of Scottish film and television celebrations in Glasgow, which saw best actor awarded to co-star Jack Lowden for his role in Benediction, and Izuka Hoyle winning the award. Best Actress for her role as Camille in the popular British film Boiling Point.
Addressing the audience while holding his Bafta award, Capaldi said the award was “for good fortune and for the good fortune of being born in Scotland”.
But he also pinned recognition to the people he met along the way, including Forsyth.
He said: “Forty years ago, I was just up here (in Glasgow) as an art student, living off pakora and lager for breakfast.
“Bill Forsyth got me hooked and put me on Local Hero.
“It was an act of kindness and confidence that confounds me and much of the industry to this day, but I wouldn’t be here without him and neither would many others.”
Capaldi landed this breakthrough film role at the age of 24 playing Danny Oldsen, a naive young oil industry executive, in the film.
He went on to praise Scottish satirist Armando Iannucci, author of The Thick Of It, in which Capaldi plays the foul-mouthed rotary doctor Malcolm Tucker, describing him as “greatly gifted”.
He said by the time he met Iannucci, he’d had “some ups and downs” and had been dropped from the Trawlermen series before deciding to audition for Tucker.
He recounts: “When I got to the audition, Armando told me ‘there’s no day without the stars, there’s no real script and would you like to improvise something?’ I had that look on my face, it was basically telling him to go away, which, as it turned out, was the right vibe to bring into the room.
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“He gave me the job and it changed my life.”
And of course, he couldn’t ignore Steven Moffat, who recruited him to play the 12th Doctor in Doctor Who.
Commenting on their time together, Capaldi said: “We started and he took me on the most magical journey.”
He commented on Ncuti Gatwa taking on the new Doctor Who role, adding: “I can see that in his heart and see him but he’s about to discover what humanity can really be. how beautiful, wonderful, and cosmic.
“And he’ll also be able to spot an outerwear within 50 yards of his peripheral vision and he’ll have to figure out what to do.”
Capaldi ended with a nod to his co-stars: “I just want to say, the actors are brilliant.
“And it’s great when you get an award and it’s all like this and things are going so well.
“But for many actors, that doesn’t work out.
“And from day to day, week to week, it can be really hard, and you can’t walk through the door and sometimes you can’t get out the door, so I just want them to know that sometimes when the stars align and you get lucky, and that’s what happened to me.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/i-wouldnt-be-here-without-him-peter-capaldi-on-bill-forsyth-42159617.html ‘I wouldn’t be here without him’ – Peter Capaldi on Bill Forsyth