‘It’s terrible to be wrong’: Martin Freeman admits he spoke to himself in a Liverpudlian accent for over a year before filming BBC’s The Responder
Martin Freeman has confessed he spoke to himself in a Liverpudlian accent for a year and a half in preparation for the upcoming BBC comedy-drama The Responder.
The 50-year-old actor, who plays former first responder Chris Carson in the series based on a true story, admitted he was “not always the best judge” of himself.
After filming the series on the streets of Liverpool, the Hobbit star revealed he “follows his ear”, having spent a lot of time talking to the townspeople.
Dedicated: Martin Freeman has confessed he spoke to himself in a Liverpudlian accent for a year and a half in preparation for upcoming BBC comedy-drama The Responder (pictured in 2019)
He told Metro: “I walked around for a year and a half, occasionally talking to myself in scouse. Even though you’re not always the best judge of your own thing, I trust my ear.
“If I say something, I know when it rings false. I got very, very specific about this stuff. You have to be, because if I don’t do it right, it’s a terrible accent to get it wrong.
He went on to joke, “There are accents where you don’t want to be in this town among the people of this town who don’t care.”
The six-part miniseries is written by former police officer Tony Schumacher, with the story following Chris, an unconventional officer in crisis, as he works a series of night shifts while on the beat. .
Hilarious: The 50-year-old actor, who plays former first responder Chris Carson in the true story-based series, admitted he’s ‘not always the best judge’ of himself (pictured in the personage)
His character struggles to keep things together both professionally and personally as his marriage is on the rocks, while he also struggles with his sanity.
With Chris forced to work with new rookie partner Rachel (Adelayo Adedayo), the two officers will have learned that to survive the high-pressure, relentless environment of the night shift, they will have to work together.
Scenes from the series will highlight the comedic and uplifting aspects of the job.
The new show is based on the real-life experiences of former Merseyside officer and first-time writer Tony and aims to “show a mirror to the emotional and harrowing extremes of modern policing”.
Film and TV star Martin has starred in a number of big hits over the years, including The Office, Black Panther, Sherlock and Love Actually.
In addition to The Capture star Adelayo, he’ll be backed by a stellar cast in The Responder, including Ian Hart and MyAnna Buring.
Meanwhile, Warren Brown, David Bradley, Kerrie Hayes and Rita Tushingham, along with newcomers Josh Finan and Emily Fairn, make up the cast.
Talented: After filming the series on the streets of Liverpool, The Hobbit star revealed he ‘follows his ear’, having spent a lot of time talking to townspeople (pictured in character)