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Martin Delaney is an actor who has starred in a variety of productions in film, TV, and theatre. Marija Makeska talked with Martin, whose recent work includes Simon Pearce’s horror film Judas Ghost.

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English actor Martin Delaney has been refining his craft since his teens, when he was a regular on the soap Family Affairs and was twice nominated at the British Soap Awards, in 2000 and 2001. He had already had experience on the stage at that point, with performances in such musicals as Peter Pan and Oliver!, and had starred in the 90s Nickelodeon comedy The Renford Rejects (1998-2001). 

Since then, Martin has appeared on a variety of shows including Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Shortland Street, and has had roles in such films as Flags of Our Fathers and Zero Dark Thirty. His most recent work includes the comedy Amar, Akbar and Tony and the horror film Judas Ghost, which was the main focus of our interview.

What was your feeling when you were cast for Judas Ghost?

I was pleased naturally, but we didn’t know what to expect. I knew that we had all these supernatural elements to capture and a small space to work in, so the film had its challenges. The role of Jerry was so interesting also; he’s a borderline cocky leader, with all the one-liners of someone with such a character. That seemed fun to play and I looked forward to that.

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What was it like to work with Graham Fox and Simon Merrells on Judas Ghost?

I really enjoyed working with these two guys. Graham and I had worked together before, so it was a real pleasure for us to be reunited on another film. I also happen to think he’s fantastic as a performer, and totally underrated. Simon and I also had a great time too. I guess we spent more time working together and that was really useful in order to discover the dynamics of the characters. Simon’s body of work speaks for it self; he’s a top talent and a great guy. A enjoyable experience working with both gentlemen, all the way through.

What was your favorite time on the set of Judas Ghost?

I don’t know if I had a favorite as such. It was all very well handled, considering what we were up against with this task. I feel incredibly grateful to work with such an enjoyable, as well a talented, bunch of people, all working exceptionally hard. We often had ourselves in fits of giggles on set, especially when having to so earnestly play lines referring to supernatural elements in the piece. I’d say what I really enjoyed most, was working with Simon Pearce. It’s memorable to me, simply because I always trusted him. Not wishing to come across patronizing, Simon is a young filmmaker, and what he did was incredible. Technically he knew what was happening on that set at all times and I knew what he was doing would look good. He has a really great talent.

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What are your future plans?

Well, I have a British comedy coming out on April 17th in cinemas, called Amar, Akbar & Tony which is a really fun film. I play Tony, who’s a pretty simple guy looking for ‘the one’. I’ve also just completed filming a gangster movie called Bonded By Blood 2 which will be out later in the year. I play a very different role to Jerry in that. I play a working class, small-time gangster, which was very violent role. Plus I’m currently playing an American role in Hollywood sequel Now You See Me 2 but that is all I can tell you about that one at the moment. Sorry! 

What is your message to “The Spread” readers?

Thanks for reading, anyone who loves film has an ally in me- I’ve always loved movies. Lastly, keep supporting British Film. It’s truly important.

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Marija Makeska is a writer, poet, filmmaker and a visual artist living in Detroit, USA. She enjoys spending her time with people from different cultures while working on various projects with pagan, or gothic themes.

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Posted on Apr 3, 2015

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