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How filming bare for weeks helped ‘Sandman’s’ Tom Sturridge

Tom Sturridge is a dream. As the star of Netflix’s “The Sandman,” an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved comedian ebook collection, Sturridge stepped into seemingly uncastable sneakers because the lean, angst-ridden (and rightly so after being imprisoned in a glass sphere for over a century) embodiment of goals, Lord Morpheus (a.okay.a. Dream). Now Sturridge, 36, greatest identified for Tony-nominated stage performances in “Orphans” and “Sea Wall/A Life,” is a critical participant in a distinct awards season. He spoke with The Envelope about his limitless time in that sphere, his performing household and passing on the performing bug to the following technology.

You’re about to dive into your first New York Comic Con. Is this the form of occasion you might need gone to earlier than being the star of “The Sandman”?

It’s potential. I’m somebody who’s comparatively overwhelmed with giant teams of individuals, so I’d’ve favored to have an ally who talked me by it and launched me to the principles of the sport. But the factor I like a lot about “Sandman” is the way in which it connects with individuals. It’s not like something I’ve ever finished earlier than: The degree of alternate of communication with followers is so rigorously attention-grabbing and deep, and I’m excited to proceed that dialogue.

What was it in regards to the character of Dream that drew you to him?

He’s not a Homeric classical heroic — by which, I imply somebody whose intention is all the time to do good. His intention is to do proper by his obligations, that are very particular to the unconscious of the universe. What’s lovely in regards to the story of “Sandman” can also be the household he’s part of, the Endless. They battle towards one another in ways in which a traditional household does, which makes it relatable.

Tom Sturridge as Dream in “The Sandman.”


In the primary components of “Sandman,” you needed to spend a lot of your time imprisoned in a glass sphere. Did that make it easier to get into the character?

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As a human being, if you’re really put in a glass field and stored there — for me, let’s say, the 4½ weeks that we shot that sequence — you’ll be able to start to really feel precisely how the character feels in a means that’s way more particular.

Were you absolutely bodily enclosed throughout these sequences?

Yeah, as a result of to interrupt up the sphere took a couple of half-hour. So I’d sit there, and for lengthy stretches of the day it was definitely a meditative contemplative time. Especially because you’re bare as nicely, which on the opening days of a shoot is a stunning welcome to the crew.


I discovered varied yogic positions that might enable everybody else to not really feel ridiculous. But from a efficiency viewpoint, the physicality of that — it supplied me a possibility, which you don’t usually get, to discover a strategy to talk with an viewers a couple of character with out talking.

In the present, you look extremely just like the drawings of Dream within the authentic graphic novel/comics of “Sandman.” Is {that a} unusual idea to you?

From my perspective, that offers me confidence. But past that, it’s harmful for us to all the time take consolation in any type of bodily connection between the pictures in a comic book ebook and the actors who play them, as a result of I believe we all know it’s not about the way in which you look — it’s in regards to the soul that you simply carry to it.

Show enterprise runs within the Sturridge household — your father, Charles, is a director, your mom, Phoebe Nicholls, and your sister Matilda are actors. And so was your grandfather, Anthony Nicholls. Did you ever entertain the concept of not going into present enterprise?

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My mom stopped working as an actress when she had her youngsters and solely began once more after I was in my early 20s. It wasn’t an enormous a part of my childhood. But I believe every time our dad and mom do any job, you suppose that job is feasible [for you], versus — like, for me, the concept of being an appellate lawyer within the Supreme Court. I’ve no connection to that world, however it’s one thing I’d supremely need to do.

So have you ever not determined you’re sticking with this performing enterprise? That lawyering may nonetheless occur?

I believe determining what to do together with your life isn’t linked to your vocation. But I actually do care about performing. It has introduced some extraordinary experiences, and it frequently affords the chance to be in areas with people who find themselves cleverer than you’re. I need to all the time be taught from individuals.

You have a daughter with Sienna Miller who’s about 10 now. What can be your response if she got here to you and stated she wished to get into performing?

The world I care about is theater, and it’s probably the most thrilling and thrilling strategy to discover the job. I don’t know what I’d say to her, if I’m sincere. The one factor I’m continuously stunned by with parenting is how I continuously assume or behave in a sure means, and I’ve an thought of what I’m going to say — and the second I’m confronted with the fact of this particular person and the way in which they react to the world, I’m confounded. Maybe I’m not the perfect particular person to provide recommendation.

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