Paddy Considine to star in new boxing movie ‘Journeyman’

'Peaky Blinders' and 'Dead Man's Shoes' star also talks about his evil characters

Paddy Considine has revealed he is working on a new film about a boxer which he will direct and star in.

Journeyman, which is due out in 2017, documents a world champion boxer who suffers a serious brain injury which turns his life upside down.

“It’s not an archetypal boxing film where there is a fight at the end,” the Dead Man’s Shoes actor explained in a talk with former Haçienda DJ Dave Haslam at Festival No 6. “This guy is defending his title and it is his last fight. But he gets a serious brain injury and he has to learn to speak and walk again. He has to piece his life back together to get whole again.”


Considine (the star of the Arctic Monkeys video ‘Leave Before the Lights Come On’) is renowned for playing menacing roles including Richard in Dead Man’s Shoes and more recently Father John Hughes in Season Three of Peaky Blinders. But he said he never has to get into character or bring the role home.

“I find it easy to switch off (from them characters),” he explained. “Method actors they stay in character for a month. I can’t do it. When they say ‘action’ I’m there. When it goes off I’m not there.

He continued: “I respect method actors but I try and leave characters at the door. Journeyman is the only film I have felt consumed by. It took me a while when I got home to get used to the knives and forks again.”

On his recent appearance in Peaky Blinders, which saw Considine appear in the series for one season, he also revealed: “People kept saying you’d be good in that. It was quite good to go in and finish it straight away.”

His character (spoiler alert) came to a sorry end in the series, after he was killed off by Michael Gray (Finn Cole). “I thought he was a malevolent pig. I didn’t see any redeeming features. There was nothing to redeem his soul. So it was good he was killed off.”


It was recently revealed that Peaky Blinders has been renewed for two more series.