Head of the Q: Ben Whishaw’s journey from the Bard to Bond (full text)
Clash: July/August 2013
by Paul Weedon
Given that the past year has seen him working virtually non-stop, Ben Whishaw is looking remarkably fresh faced. Sporting a thick moustache and a warm, friendly smile, we meet as he approaches the halfway mark on his two-month tenure playing opposite his Skyfall co-star Judi Dench in Peter and Alice at the Noel Coward Theatre, an experience that has clearly had a profound impact on the thirty-two-year-old. “I’m really enjoying myself,” he beams. “Judi and I never got to share a scene together in Skyfall, so I’m loving being on stage with her and hanging out with her and talking to her and listening to her stories.”
Maybe I’ll discover that I’m completely incapable of projecting the lines, but what’s great is that Trevor has taken a risk and that has to be a good thing. Maybe it’ll be a disaster - but, hey, wonderful to take a risk. Isn’t it?