Interview: Iain de Caestecker, star of Filth and Marvel's Agents of SHIELD
The Scottish actor also featured in Not Another Happy Ending in 2013
To say Scottish actor Iain de Caestecker had a good 2013 is a bit of an understatement. 'You don't notice it as much when you're in amongst it but like anything you do I try to make myself aware that there are tens of thousands of people that are just as capable or more capable of doing it than I am, so you have to keep reminding yourself how lucky you are,' explains de Caestecker.
And if you missed any of de Caestecker's big screen outings now is the perfect time to catch up as Not Another Happy Ending hits DVD. Starring Karen Gillan this breezy romcom also closed last year's Edinburgh International Film Festival. 'I played Roddy who was designed to be the comic relief,' adds de Caestecker. 'I read the script and knew they were filming in Glasgow which was a big influence on me so I said "yes" quite quickly.'
De Caestecker also took on darker roles: he was the leading man in critically-applauded UK horror In Fear and had a smaller role in gritty drama Filth (both of which will coincidently be released on DVD on the same day as NAHP). 'I'm a big fan of Irvine Welsh and obviously Trainspotting is such a big institution in Scotland. I got to play all my scenes with James McAvoy which meant a lot to me. He's very giving in rehearsals, very humble with it and happy to give everyone else ideas which was great.'
However it's not just about cinema de Caestecker also landed a lead role in the highly anticipated Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, the first TV show directly linked to Marvel's superhero blockbusters (which returns to our screens on Channel 4 this March, date tbc). 'The origin of the show is tied into the movies but we're also trying to establish ourselves as characters in our own right, even though we are heavily based within the Marvel world we still want to be a standalone show. Obviously we're a few episodes ahead than where you are on TV and there's some really exciting stuff coming up and I'm excited to see how people react.'