“Very happy memories. Probably one of my most enjoyable experiences as an actor. It was a real revelation making that film, about a way of working which is not about being precise, and freeing you from the shackles of having to just be guided by what was funny. It was about what was truthful and interesting and about being submerged in a role and creating a world that seemed real, that’s what Michael [Winterbottom] did on that film.
“So to me it felt very real making it. It didn’t feel like acting even though I was playing Tony Wilson. It felt like I was in that world. I was familiar with it from another perspective because I knew about that world, I knew about Tony so in that way it was familiar, but it felt more familiar to me just by virtue of the fact that Michael created this world. Yes, the Hacienda nightclub was something I used to go to, but when we made the film it had been demolished so they had to rebuild it, and that was very odd to see it rebuilt in a way that seemed completely real and believable.
“But that film was seminal for me because I felt it seemed like a real experience. I’ve not watched it for years, I find it difficult to look at it, because to me it’s like looking at an old photo album of memories - of real memories of a real time - rather then me being in the film so it’s got this quite surreal quality for me.”