Jim Broadbent: New spy drama ‘isn’t a gay story’
Jim Broadbent has opened up about gay spy drama ‘London Spy’, saying “it’s not a gay story”.
Broadbent stars alongside gay actor Ben Whishaw in the BBC drama which will debut tonight.
Asked by the Guardian about the story, Broadbent says: “It’s not a gay story”.
“It’s not about that,” he continues: “It’s about these particular guys, who happen to be gay, who are in the midst of this maelstrom of an unfolding tale.”
BAFTA-winning Ben Whishaw, who plays the lead in the series, said at a press conference that the series is more of “a love story”, and that it simply has “some ingrdients of a spy thriller”.
The James Bond star says despite starring in more and more spy dramas, he rarely watches them.
“But this doesn’t really feel like a spy drama to me – it sort of is, but it’s broader than that. it’s about a character who’s not within that world, but somebody who stumbles into it and to whom it’s alien and mystifying,
“So it doesn’t feel like a traditional spy thriller in that sense – it’s more about the character’s mind. You’re in this person’s head and it’s his experience.”
The series debuts tonight at 9pm on BBC Two.
Watch the trailer below: