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Inside Man | Interview with Stanley Tucci (Jefferson Grieff)



What is the premise of Inside Man?

There is an event that happens, an unfortunate event in which a woman ends up being trapped in a basement for all the wrong reasons, by all the wrong people and there is a man in prison who is a criminologist and that’s who I play.

How would you describe your character?

I think he is a great mind but he has murdered his wife and we don’t really know why. He was a criminologist in prison on death row awaiting his execution.

What attracted you to the project?

What attracted me to the project was the group of people assembled – Steven Moffat, director Paul McGuigan who I had worked with before, and I love Steven’s writing. I loved the Sherlocks and I think he is an amazing writer. I think David Tennant is just a great, great actor and Lydia and Dolly too – it’s an amazing group of people.

What has it been like working with Steven Moffat?

It’s wonderful, there’s a lot to do, there’s a lot to say, it’s more like a play in a lot of ways for actors than it is for a television show. It’s not shot like a play, it’s shot like a television show. The length of each scene is much longer than one would normally find so you have to prepare yourself for that. There are very lengthy speeches, lengthy dialogue scenes, but if you’re prepared it works out. It’s so well written that it’s just fun.

How does Grieff choose his cases?

He chooses cases on their moral worth. As he has done something horrible, before his time is up he would like to do something good.

What is the relationship between Greiff and Dillon?

The two main characters that we meet in prison are myself, Jefferson Grieff who has a doctorate in criminology and is a criminologist and solves cases, he’s murdered his wife and is on death row and solves cases from the inside. He is sort of teamed up with a serial rapist murderer by the name of Dillon (played by Atkins Estimond) who has a photographic memory and they are in cells next to each other. He uses Dillon as a kind of human recorder when he is doing his interrogations or questioning people about cases as they are handcuffed and can’t write down notes.

How is your character unique?

Well what makes Grieff unique is that number one, he’s a criminologist and he’s a murderer. He is also allowed to still practice whilst on death row – that’s very unusual.

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