INTERVIEW: Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, Luke Pasqualino and Juliet Aubrey talk Snatch season two on AMC
The television series inspired by the cult Guy Ritchie comedy and starring Harry Potter‘s Rupert Grint, Snatch, is back for a second explosive season.
After scoring a whopping ten million pounds and escaping on a yacht, the Hill gang’s plans for the dream life in sunny Spain don’t go exactly to plan when their yacht is hijacked and money stolen. Now in the Costa del Sol, they have two choices: try to go straight or return to a life of crime.
We sat down with series stars Rupert Grint (who plays Charlie Cavendish-Scott), Luke Pasqualino (Albert Hill) and Juliet Aubrey (Lily Hill) for a chat about what to expect in Snatch series two.
They say Spain is a gangsters’ paradise. Was it paradise filming in Spain?
Rupert: It was definitely paradise. It was quite easy to forget we were there for work. It’s a perfect location for Snatch. Historically it was very famous for hiding bank robbers – it’s got a rich criminal history. It just felt like the perfect place to come back and film.
Even in a three-piece suit?
Rupert: Yeah the three-piece suit was a bad choice – and a neck scarf. I had a lot of fake tan as well. It was still fun.
Luke: I agree – I didn’t have a three-piece suit to wear but a lot of leather jackets and heavy boots, but apart from that it was a lot of fun.
How does being in Spain change the series?
Luke: The end of season one you see the characters go off with ten million pounds in a boat. I think the fact that the characters are on strange soil keeps them on their toes and that’s where the drama comes into it – they’re always slightly out of their comfort zone. And with the Spanish characters that you meet in season two, it’s very much stepping into the unknown with these guys. They don’t know what they’re getting themselves into.
The costumes are such a big part of this show. How has Spain influence that?
Juliet: They were wonderful. Manuel Bonillo and Irene Orts designed as a pair, which is very unusual. They literally lived and breathed it. It was amazing the amount of dedication they gave all the characters and how their journey could be reflected.
How have your characters changed from season one?
Rupert: Charlie’s a bit of a broken man in the beginning. He fell in love in season one and he’s still bruised from that in season one because she [Chloe Cohen, played by Stephanie Leonidas] jumped ship halfway to Spain. She dumped him on the boat and took her share of the money. He’s slightly damaged from that.
The biggest change in Charlie is that he’s got a real thirst for leadership and is constantly trying to find opportunities where he can step in and actually he doubts a lot of Albert’s decisions which makes them clash occasionally. He’s got a bit more serious. Less drinking, more business.
Juliet: More pills.
Rupert: [Laughs] More pills.
Luke: Albert’s goal in season two is he wants to go straight. He wants to leave the criminal life behind him and in episode one they’re trying to get investors in the bar. It’s his dream to go straight and leave all of that behind them, but obviously as the series goes on you see that it doesn’t turn out that way. He’s always getting brought back into that life of crime – that life he’s been born into really.
Juliet: Lily leaves season one on such a high driving the speedboat and getting out with the money going towards the dream she’s dreamt about for years with Vic. And it just turns into a total nightmare. It’s the opposite of what she thought it was going to be, it’s like hell in paradise. And the relationship [with Vic]. They don’t really know each other anymore. She doesn’t really relate to him she doesn’t know why she fell in love with him in the first place. She starts season one really down, but you’ve got to go so far down to start coming up.
There are some big new additions to the show this series. Was there anyone in particular you were excited to work with?
Luke: Kevin Connolly was a big one for me personally. It’s always nice to work with him as director because he’s an actor first. He’s been an actor longer than he’s been a director, so it was nice for us to have someone who understood what it was like to go on the other side of the camera. He was amazing to work with – you could ask him anything and he would have the answer.
Is there anywhere else you would like to take the Snatch gang to?
Rupert: We can go anywhere – that’s the beauty of it.
Luke: Italy would be nice, we could get involved with the mafia.
Juliet: There would be a few heists in Italy, wouldn’t there? Some really, really good ones there. Stealing Jesus Christ’s foreskin from the Vatican.