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John Simm Feature Interview: The Perfect Everyman

September 24, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment

John Simm Feature Interview: The Perfect Everyman


The first teaser part of An in-depth profile feature and interview with actor John Simm By journalist Alison Jane Reid.

John talks about his passions, the great roles that will always endure and what really makes him tick.  This feature examines John’s career as an actor from Cracker to the present. It represents a great deal of work, passion, creativity and getting to know John, so that we have a professional bond of trust and mutual respect. I am a serious writer, and take my work seriously. Please support my work and this wonderful independent magazine by donating the price of a cup of coffee for journalism that inspires and informs you about your acting heroes.  We depend on donations from fans, as we are not at the stage where we have enough advertising or sponsorship yet. You can donate any amount you like via the paypal button on the homepage. I hope you will also check out and read all the other wonderful examples of storytelling on Ethical Hedonist Magazine –  an authentic magazine created by me and my talented journalist interns, thank you, Alison Jane – Journalist Extraordinaire.

We are crowd funding Ethical Hedonist Magazine on Tuesday and you will be able to to buy a keepsake, hand-tied version of the full interview on beautiful paper with images from my first shoot with John . If there is anything else you would really like as a memento of the interview with John, let me know on email   ethicalhedonistmagazine@gmail.com  – Alison Jane



John Simm Copyright BBC Worldwide

Picture shows left to right – Tory Kittles, John Simm,Mira Sorvino, James Frain and Millie Brown.  Copyright BBC America


From the moment I first saw John Simm play the investigative journalist Cal McCaffrey In State of Play – with a crusading brilliance and all too familiar zeal – I was hooked. If he could play a journalist with such gritty realism, he could take on everyman.

Now John Simm’s renaissance reign has entered an intriguing, high-octane new chapter. With Intruders for BBC America – he offers up a love letter to American audiences, as he inhabits that most particular and iconic archetypes, the ex LAPD policeman turned writer, on the trail of a secret society, whose members take up residence in other people’s bodies in a quest for immortality!

While the series feels weirdly slow and unfathomable at times, maybe deliberately so, the revelation is JS playing Jack Whelan, an American citizen. He’s good. No, make that peerless. The accent pasts muster. Oh and the happy birthday scene with Mira Sorvino as his wife is hot! Never mind the plot and a rather nasty scene with a child’s pet cat. That intimate cake-licking moment in that achingly stylish kitchen must surely cause a touch of global warming  on both sides of the Atlantic. Wow! JS finally gets to play sexy! Sorvino and Simm look good together. Finally, with a dash of metrosexual stubble and very cool wardrobe, our man gets to play the hero, husband and lover – and about time too. Watching him convey the stuff of love, life and death with such subtle nuances, is a treat. This is what Simm does so very well. Oh! And did I mention he gets to drive beat up American cars? Intruders might just be the series that could transform Britain’s favourite actor into a bon fide international star and America’s new crush.

John Simm and Mira Sorvino as Jack and Aby Whelan in BBC America's Intruders Copyright BBC Worldwide.

John Simm and Mira Sorvino as Jack and Amy Whelan in BBC America’s Intruders .Copyright BBC Worldwide.

If his freewheeling travelling schedule is anything to go by, 2014 is certainly shaping up to be a stellar year for Simm. “I’ve been on a workathon all year,” he tells me. “I’ve been back and forth to LA, Derbyshire, Manchester and London since February.” Maybe now is the time one of our most versatile British acting treasures will follow such luminaries as – James McAvoy, Ewan McGregor, Clive Owen and Colin Firth – into a vibrant, duel career across the pond. Let’s hope that he does it his way, and that he never stops playing time travelling policemen, misfits, salt of the earth farmers or ordinary human beings with such compelling charisma, such marvellous attention to detail.

Reader, they say you should never interview your acting heroes. I make an exception for Simm. When we meet in a discreetly urbane London hotel, the character from the small screen becomes flesh and blood and it is fascinating. I can tell you that he is modest, open, patient, warmhearted and dislikes going to the dentist! Dressed in a midnight blue army sweater, jeans and DMs (you can take the boy out of Manchester) – what really shines is his absolute passion and forensic dedication to the roles he plays. That is why he isn’t just a good actor; he is a great actor.

To Be Continued….. To Read more Please donate via the magazine paypal button. The suggested donation is £3.00 or more. 

Intruders airs  this autumn on BBC Two – www.bbc.co.uk

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2 responses to “John Simm Feature Interview: The Perfect Everyman”

  1. Looking forward to reading this interview with my favourite actor, John Simm by Ethical Hedonist creator Alison Jane Reid…

  2. Looking forward to reading this interview with my favourite actor, John Simm by Ethical Hedonist creator Alison Jane Reid…

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