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Charlie Cox‘s latest film, “King of Thieves,” reunites him with his “The Theory of Everything” director, Oscar winner James Marsh (“Man on Wire“). Penned by “Mindhunter” scribe Joe Penhall, “King of Thieves” tells the unbelievably true story of the Hatton Garden heist that took place in April 2015 in London. What made this story so newsworthy? Aside from the fact that it was considered the largest burglary in English legal history, it was committed by a group of elderly crooks and one younger, supposed security alarm expert Basil (Cox).
Michael Caine, Michael Gambon, Ray Winstone, Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, and Paul Whitehouse round out the all-star cast. Cox, who’s been acting in film and television for over two decades, more than holds his own against the veteran actors, and as the socially awkward introvert Basil, continues to expand his range.
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Recently, I caught up with Cox to discuss the making of “King of Thieves,” his career, the transformation of television over the past few decades, and more. Stay tuned for a second part about “Daredevil” as Cox went on at length about that series, its cancellation, and more.
This is the second time you’ve worked with director James Marsh. When someone of his stature approaches you with a project, does it take much convincing?
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[Laughing] No. The opposite. But, particularly, when you present a cast like this. I said to him, “I’ll play a tree if you need me to in this one.” [laughter].
Had you known about this heist before you read the script?
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Oh, God, yeah. Being a Brit, I was very, very aware of it. I remember waking up and turning on the news the morning after the Easter holiday and hearing about it. Obviously, at that point, no one knew who’d done it. It was just the crime itself that people were...
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