Belfast Telegraph: (...) Having auditioned for The Fall to play a police officer, he was summoned back from LA where he was unsuccessfully trying out for pilot season and asked to audition for killer Paul Spector.
six-hour audition proved that he was the right man for the role and his
part was secured in what would become BBC2’s most watched original drama
in nearly a decade.
The Fall, he readily admits, has changed his
life and was the reason he was cast in Fifty Shades. But, again he
credits his family life and his role as a father in helping him make the
part his own.
"In the case of Paul Spector, now that I’m a father I have some
perspective on being a dad. His love for his family is the main thing
which humanises him in the mind of the audiences and makes him much
more an appealing figure than if he were simply a cold blooded killer.
When he kills, it’s not sexual. He’s never cheated on his wife. There
are two lovely kids that he loves but then there’s the night."