It may have been less than a week since Harry Styles was in Venice to talk about don’t worry baby (and to, as he later joked, “spit on Chris Pine”), but Sunday saw the musician and rising movie star in Toronto sitting down to discuss a very different – but just as bubbly – project in which he has a starring role. .
my police officer, from director Michael Grandage and bowing Sunday night at TIFF, Styles sees Tom as a police officer in 1950s England who develops feelings for museum curator Patrick (David Dawson). While the two keep their relationship a secret due to the repressive laws of the time, Tom marries the local schoolteacher Marion (Emma Corrin), whose jealousy would have destructive consequences. The three (played by Linus Roache, Rupert Everett and Gina McKee, respectively) are still reeling from regret as they shift into the 1990s, but try to repair the damage done 40 years earlier.
Interestingly, for someone who is clearly squeezing both pop megastardom and a growing movie career into their limited schedule, one of the biggest takeaways for Styles about the movie was how it touched on the concept of people not making the most of their lives.
“To me, the reason the story is so devastating is that the whole story is ultimately about wasted time, and I think wasted time is what’s most devastating,” he told a news conference a few hours beforehand. my police officerworld premiere.
“Because that’s the one thing we can’t control,” he continued. “It’s the one thing you can’t get back. And I think the only thing that matters to me—whatever life you’ve lived—is at the end when you think back to the time with the people you love.”
Styles added that the film’s themes — “love and freedom and the search for those things” — were “incredibly timeless,” saying he was drawn to the fact that people could see a part of themselves in each of the characters. to see.
“I think the best thing about the story is that all the characters have some really nice traits, and they also have some flaws that we might hope they don’t have, but as humans we all have them,” he said. “And I think at different points in the story you can see bits of yourself and sometimes maybe not your favorite parts of yourself in different characters. And I think that’s why it resonated so much with me.”
Rather speak to News KiddaDirector Grandage said he thought Styles, like himself, was drawn to the “political aspect” of my police officer‘s story. As a gay man born at the time it portrayed, the theater director, who was doing his second stint behind the camera with the film, said it had an unfortunate appeal in today’s world, with gains that have been made since the 1950s. achieved now at risk.
“For the very first time in my life, I think it’s fragile again. And I think this will warn people, hopefully even educate people and certainly remind people that if you let it be vulnerable and let it go backwards, this is where you come out. You come to a place where people cannot be themselves and cannot be free.”