“I thought, ‘fuck me, I have to try for the part’,” he says, eyes widening at the memory. Talking of Marr, it’s a tantalising element of the film that when he finally meets up with Morrissey to make music, the credits roll. “And those two weeks were spent trying to strip dye from my hair because everything had been dyed jet black,” he laughs. “You know, I just don’t think there is one. “No, I don’t think so,” he decides. Seems a little bent out of shape for a lot of little pointless concerns. • England is Mine opens in the UK on 4 August. I just love that he puts that in his songs, only he can do that.”. I don't know what he sees in the trailer but I didn't see anything that said he was an average anybody who got pushed into being a singer.

Perhaps it’s unfair to compare, but I happened to see Mike Leigh’s “Meantime” for the first time this week as well, and that movie lives, eats, and breathes the everyday lives of Manchester in the early ‘80s in a way that this photocopy can’t capture. The man who wrote “How Soon is Now?” deserves better. The reason it’s not repeated is that Morrissey’s time with The Nosebleeds was very short-lived. The biggest flaw I do admit is that James isn't represented in the film but I can't agree with much else he says about the trailer. So James doesn't like the trailer. Even after they split, Morrissey remained a fascinating musical figure, releasing some solo music that was nearly as good as the stuff he recorded with Marr. The filmmakers didnt have the rights to use neither the music nor Morrissey's words for the film which in part would explain the absence of 'Morrissey's wit'. And so, instead of exaggeratedly sighing a perfect bon mot every time he ties his shoelace, Lowden plays a Morrissey more recognisable from his song lyrics – someone whose dreams are hampered by crippling uncertainty, constant hesitation and even depression. He's gonna be hard to compete with. If he wants to have a pop at acting then he should.”. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. She pushes him to get on stage, joining a group called The Nosebleeds (which also had future Cult member Billy Duffy), and Morrissey sings a cover version of The Shangri-Las’ “Give Him a Great Big Kiss.” It’s the only musical number in the movie and it’s phenomenal, capturing that young energy that Morrissey would hone over the next few years of his life. If preparing to play Morrissey from Lithuania seems like a culture clash, then consider this: within two weeks of waving goodbye to the rainy streets of Stretford, Lowden was packing his bags for Dunkirk to play RAF pilot Collins, who fights to keep the German Luftwaffe at bay in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster war epic. Not sure I do either. Hmmmm. “I was like, ‘fucking hell, Morrissey sings about Dundee!’” he laughs. The film only comes to life when Morrissey does, briefly, in a moment of pre-Smiths fame. How did this fascinating frontman come to find his voice? There’s clearly a biopic in Morrissey’s true story. “We spoke a lot during the film about it being a mask, and being this very profound and almost arrogant persona he chose to put on, even if it often fell flat on its arse in the early days. There’s a lot of rugby, but there’s also a massive amateur operatics scene too, which is just as much in the blood.”, So he wasn’t a shy outsider?

Because they’ve done that in their life, too. He talks about his ballet-dancing youth and working with Harry Styles in the louder-than-bombs second world war hit, Fri 28 Jul 2017 01.00 EDT I wonder if this is what really drew Lowden to the script.

Why hasn't Uncle Steve stopped this? “He’s an observer, and I think that’s the same for any brilliant author or lyricist – their observation has to be fantastic. According to the trailer of 'England Is Mine', Morrissey was an autistic, retiring creature with both curly hair and a natural crimp, who had to be physically pushed into becoming a singer by a well-meaning friend (one who did not actually communicate with Morrissey throughout The Smiths' success). They’ve bought the T-shirt and the hat, why are they not fitting in?”. Morrissey’s mother should sue the filmmakers on their misrepresentation of her curtaining, alone. • This article was amended on 28 July 2017 to correct the spelling of Steven Morrissey’s first name. Why’s he singing about them? The fact that, without knowing about Morrissey, he could all too easily relate to the outsider? He laughs at this. I'll delay judgment until I see it (probably on tv when it finally arrives). “Macho? You might expect him to have frantically set about learning all he could of Mozza, exam-cramming everything from This Charming Man to Earth is the Loneliest Planet. Set in Manchester in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, “England is Mine” is mostly the story of a shy, lonely, brilliant young man who hates his job and looks at the growing music scene in his city from afar. “Even my eyelashes had to be sorted because we were doing Imax. But the film was always going to be divisive. Still, as you talk to him, you do wonder if he’s setting himself up for some angry responses from obsessive fans. The Scottish actor didn’t grow up with The Queen Is Dead but looks the part in England Is Mine. There’s no doubt he can play this version of Morrissey, but he’s only allowed to right at the death. For the majority, Lowden feels restrained by a director who has a very specific, flat vision of a musical legend. Arguably no British band of the ‘80s mattered more. And everyone around me was very supportive of what I wanted to do. Despite being one of the most insightful essayists of the teenage condition, Morrissey’s own teenage years have never been documented in such a way before. Morrissey’s mother and friends have publically issued statements distancing the artist from the film. Lowden first heard he had got the part while in Lithuania shooting the BBC miniseries War and Peace – his big onscreen break after several successful years on the stage. You must log in or register to reply here.

In 1982, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce, and a young man named Stephen Patrick Morrissey formed a group called The Smiths. Lowden, the pilot from “Dunkirk” who wasn’t Tom Hardy, is a magnetic presence, one of those actors who screams “future star." and How Soon Is Now? At one point he even seems to suggest that the man himself isn’t really an essential element of the movie: “I really think it’s a standalone film, even if you were to take Morrissey out of it.”, Is he aware that this kind of thing might not go down too well with the Moz faithful?

What happens when you express what’s in your heart and then see your chance to become an artist pulled away from you? As he points out, the film is more about the people around Morrissey, and the things that shaped him, than Morrissey himself. “And I’d been chomping at the bit to do him,” laughs Lowden, who says the rapid speed of the transformation – rather than a gradual evolution – was deliberate. I've also seen a couple of reviews talk about three strong female characters so including James Maker wouldn't really help that. He was incredibly unique.”. However, it is not in “England is Mine,” a flat, disappointing drama that casts Morrissey as a mopey teenager.

Reckon this is bit tossey inn nn it. There’s no romantic story about how me and my brother got to where we are.”, Lowden does, however, describe himself as an old romantic.

He goes to concerts all the time—one of the best beats in the film is when his friend Linder Sterling (Jessica Brown Findlay) suggests that no one gets to a concert in time to see the opening acts and Morrissey insists that he does—and writes reviews of what he sees there. In fact, director Mark Gill discouraged Lowden from finding out too much about the Manchester icon, banning him from reading his autobiography or watching any old TV appearances. “I think the Smiths had split up before I was born.”. He names What Difference Does It Make? I'd rather have an historical fiction than a wikipedia film. The bracing northern humour, the brave storytelling, the scenes that were, to his mind at least, perfect studies of teenage isolation. “He’s not someone I grew up with,” the 27-year-old Scot explains breezily, when we meet in a central London hotel.

He seems like he's being a bit of a hater. To say that Gill’s approach to Morrissey’s life is “muted” would be an understatement. “There’s a beautiful scene with his mum at one point, where he’s like, ‘I don’t know how to be’ and I think a lot of people really got that.

He is also a writer for Vulture, The Playlist, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone, and the President of the Chicago Film Critics Association. Linder quotes Oscar Wilde to Morrissey, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.” “England is Mine” never figured out itself. You can hear it in the timbre of his voice and the wit of his lyrics.

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I ask whether Lowden thinks Styles is the Morrissey of today, which stumps him for a brief second. He thinks Styles did a good job as British army private Alex, though: “I thought it was a really brave thing for him to do. “I was actually deputy headboy at my school. The idea was to play Morrissey before he became Morrissey: an entirely different character, if England Is Mine is to be believed. James Maker Statement: Is Morrissey a racist? “I had an unhealthy obsession with Only Fools and Horses,” he says. “I still have to watch an episode with my brother every two or three weeks.”, Nowadays he’s playing catch-up with the Smiths’ music, which has had a lasting impact on him. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding.