Matt interview from here
You’ve achieved massive mainstream success
and now all your theatre projects seem a bit obscure. Is that a reaction, kind of a ‘Metal Machine Music’ or a ‘Kid A’?
‘ “Kid A” is my favourite! I sent Anthony a live recording of “Idioteque” and said I wanted the play to feel like that. I think art that is divisive is a good thing. The tragedy is that not everybody comes to see it; they’ll choose something else because they know they’ll have a good time. It’s perfectly valid to go to the theatre because you know you’ll have a good time, but for now I’d just love to make “Kid A”. We all would, right?’
Your last stage role was Patrick Bateman in ‘American Psycho’, a musical hardly anyone
got to see. Why no West End transfer?
‘ “American Psycho” made me shit my pants, but in a good way. I’d never sung before and I was utterly, utterly terrified, but I loved the character and I love that idea of a serial killer and I love the ’80s and I love New York. They asked me to do Broadway and they asked me to do the West End. But I just thought: I’ve done it, move on. And I didn’t want to live like a singer. It’s such a pain in the arse – you can’t drink, you can’t talk loud – it takes such nunnery.’
Instead you’re playing a young
Prince Philip in a new Netflix show, ‘The Crown’. Presumably he won’t
be the comedy racist we’ve all come to know and love?
‘It’s not “Spitting Image”! When he was younger he was a bit of a rock ’n’ roller. I’ve fallen in love with him and the royal family, actually. He had the most extraordinary early life and quite a mad family. He lost his sister in a plane crash then went to learn to fly planes. And he was a naval man – I mean, he’s revered in the navy. Philip’s cool, man, Philip’s a cool dude.’
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Interview from here
“That was one of the great virtues of the piece for me, I learnt a lot about the history of my country that I was completely unaware of… The Prince Phillip we know now and the Prince Phillip we perhaps knew then are two very different men, and we get to understand where they came from…I think he’s very much the outsider”