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“Now his mum has gone back up north and he’s been left isolated and vulnerable. “I’d never done that with a writer before and I thoroughly enjoyed helping to create this character who had no real education or life skills when he was brought up. “I also loved filming in High Wycombe and staying there with the Chilterns nearby. I’d never been to that part of the world before.” Gerard says he can relate to The Town, having been raised on the border between Mossley and Greenfield near Oldham. “You know all the families, all the stories, all the people.” He also identified with Mark (Andrew Scott) returning home to the town from his new life in London. “There’s this force that drives Mark. And then he becomes so quickly attached to everything that he’d lost and forgotten about. It shows what little control human beings have of their life sometimes. “You always have that affinity with where you’re from. It calls you home. “The scenes that we did together, Andrew was just so right. Every mark, every beat, every line, every step -­‐ he’s really professional. And his style of working really suited me. He sets such a high marker for everyone else to work on his level. It was a real joy to do that.” Daniel later moves on to a job at a local hotel carrying out cleaning and other duties. “I’ve not worked in a hotel before. I was on the dole when I got the role in Shameless. Before that I went to college for a year and then I sprayed metals, worked in electrics. I’ve done all sorts.” What was it like acting alongside Julia McKenzie, who plays Betty? “She is really lovely and she was giving me notes as well, which was really helpful. She’s fantastic. I really enjoyed working with her.” Gerard adds: “The way I played Daniel was as an introverted, inward character. “The lack of a father figure in Daniel’s life remains a very topical issue. I was very fortunate in my life. But it’s no coincidence when you see people locked up in the penal system -­‐ you only need to look at the family or the structure in their life.” Gerard also appears in a new feature film called Wasteland, which saw his character being set on fire in a stunt he did himself. “I play a character called Charlie who gets beaten up by a gangster and set on fire. “They put me in a suit, doused me in a load of white stuff which they said was fire repellent and told me to lie down. “Then they lit up a petrol bomb and threw it at me. I had to wait until someone shouted, ‘You’re on fire.’ And then I had to roll myself out. And we did it twice. “I should have said a line at the same time but I didn’t. I just went, ‘Oh my God!’ 20

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