Harry Styles says ‘wasted time is the most devastating thing’ – The Hollywood Reporter

It may have been less than a week Harry Styles was in Venice to talk about don’t worry darling (and to, as he later joked, “spit on Chris Pine”), but on Sunday, the musician and rising movie star sat down in Toronto to discuss an entirely different — but equally spirited — project in which he plays a starring role.

my policeman, from director Michael Grandage and bowing to TIFF on Sunday night, sees Styles play Tom, a policeman in 1950s England who develops feelings for museum curator Patrick (David Dawson). While the two keep their relationship a secret due to repressive laws at the time, Tom marries local schoolteacher Marion (Emma Corrin), whose jealousy would have destructive consequences. Fast forward to the 1990s, the three (played by Linus Roache, Rupert Everett and Gina McKee, respectively) are still reeling from regret but seek to undo the damage done 40 years earlier.

Interestingly, for someone who clearly fits both pop megastardom and a growing film career into his limited schedule, one of the biggest takeaways for Styles about the movie was how he touched on the concept of people not getting the most out of their lives.

“For me, the reason the story is so devastating is that ultimately the whole story is about lost time, and I think lost time is the most devastating thing,” he said. he said at a press conference a few hours before my policemanis the world premiere.

“Because it’s the one thing we can’t control,” he continued. “It’s the one thing you can’t get back. And I think the only thing that matters – whatever kind of life you’ve lived – in the end, when you think back to the time spent with the people you love.

Styles added that the film’s themes – “love and freedom and the search for these things” – were “incredibly timeless”, saying he was drawn to the fact that people could see a part of them- same in each of the characters.

“I think the most beautiful thing about the story is that all the characters have very good qualities, and they also have flaws that we might hope we didn’t have but, as humans, we all have them. “, did he declare. “And I think at different points in the story you can see pieces of yourself and sometimes maybe not your favorite parts of yourself in different characters. And I think that’s why It touched me so much.”

Speaking earlier to The Hollywood Reporterdirector Grandage said he thought Styles, like him, was drawn to “the political aspect” of my policemanthe story. As the era-born gay man he portrays, the theater director, making his second stint behind the camera with the film, said he has an unfortunate breadth in today’s world, the gains made since the 1950s are now in jeopardy.

“For the very first time in my life, I think it’s fragile again. And I think that will alert people, hopefully even educate them and definitely remind them that if you let it be fragile and you let it back down, that’s where you’re coming from. You’re coming to a place where people can’t be themselves and can’t be free.

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