York star Mark Addy says joining the Disney+ reboot of a legendary British movie was a ‘no brainer’.
Mark was speaking at the UK premiere of The Full Monty, a series based on the 1997 film, which introduced the world to the group of six unemployed South Yorkshire steel workers who turn to stripping to make ends meet.
It was held in Sheffield last night (Monday).
Mark, former patron of the York Culture Awards, revives his role as Dave in the show, and said he signed up to the project once he found out the others from the original cast were interested.
At the premiere, the former Game Of Thrones star was asked whether The Full Monty retained its political punch.
“Well, the first episode is called Levelling-Up, the second episode is called Supply Chain Economics…
“It’s political, it’s completely political, as was the Full Monty.”
Mark said: “This series explores all facets of society, the care system, the NHS, food banks – food banks in 2023.
“So, it’s like we’ve come full circle and we’re back to square one – what are people going to do to get through this?
He said: “We can maybe give them a little bit of hope and a few laughs on the way. But there are tears as well.”
The new TV comedy is set 25 years after the action of the 1997 film.
Fellow star Robert Carlyle says the new TV spin-off of the 1990s surprise hit movie does not shy away from highlighting how “the whole infrastructure of the country has been chipped away” by austerity.
“These men, 25 years on, have lived through what everybody in this country has lived through, 25 years, near enough, of austerity.
“Their whole being has been chipped away, the whole infrastructure of the country has been chipped away.
“And that’s there for sure.”
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