Guy Henry talks Holby, Star Wars & more

Guy Henry is an English actor who’s credits go back many years (he started his career at a young age). Having trained at the world famous RADA, his work with the renowned Royal Shakespeare Company has seen him perform in theatres across the UK and the world. 

In more recent years, Guy has become known to differing audiences of TV and Film. Either as the dry-witted Henrik Hanssen, CEO of Holby City Hospital, or his homage to Grand Off Tarkin in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or in Harry Potter or indeed the hit TV show Rome…Guy has enthralled audiences across the globe. I had the pleasure of meeting him in person at a convention in 2017 and we have been in touch ever since, trying to arrange our chat. We finally got to match schedules and I hope you all enjoy the result.

On playing Henrik Hanssen:

What I love about him is he doesn’t care who anyone is, what their status is or anything. He gets people who are passionate about their job or about life but he doesn’t care about that standing in society or their rank in the hospital or anything like that. So I think he’s a, I think he’s a very decent man, but he’s had quite a rough time in the last year. Yeah, he’s a, he’s a very, very oddball character, but he’s a delight to play and I’m actually very surprised how often the people who come to the comic cons extensively, I think usually for the Star Wars or Harry Potter actually are sometimes almost secretly come to say hello to Mr. Hanson as well. I’m delighted about that because I love playing him.

On playing Grand Moff Tarkin

I’m not a mimic, so all I could do is do a, you know, as tribute really tried to sound just like him as I possibly could. So I, I don’t feel it’s the most brilliant input, accurate impersonation, but it was an evocation of advocation of him if you like, you know, and an impression of him and I’m happy that it turned out as well as it did really, because I have to say I was bricking it while I was doing the shoot that we were filming as well. Cause we didn’t know whether any of the CGI would work. We didn’t know whether they could actually use me. They didn’t, you know, we didn’t know what the hell it was going to be like. Because about 42% of the movie was re shot or thinking that they canceled my scenes, you know, so “that’s the end of Guy’s performance thank very much”.

But by God, I was terrified. Then a week later my secret agent would ring up and say they would like to come back. And of course being neurotic, you think it’s your fault. I thought, oh my God, what have I done now? No, no. They’ve rewritten another bit. So it was backwards and forwards, backwards and forwards to Pinewood with the all my dots and that, and it’s very strict. I’ve never done in black out before. And it was a very, strange way of working. It’s hard enough, you’re pretending to be somebody else….

But there is this barrier of thecamera. And it was quite, quite frightening, I must say, but then in my case goes, I was pretending to be this bloke called Tarkin, but what I was really pretending to be, the wonderful actor, Peter Cushing, and I’d always admired Tarkin.  But I’m privileged to have done it though. 

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