THEATRE/MUSIC: Joys of Troy; Josh Relishes Epic Tale in Film and on Stage

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THEATRE/MUSIC: Joys of Troy; Josh Relishes Epic Tale in Film and on Stage


Byline: GARETH BICKNELL

WHEN Welsh actor Josh Richards went to a sushi restaurant in Malta with Sean Bean, the Sheffield-born Lord Of The Rings star plumped for chicken and chips, saying: ``I'm not eating that muck''.

Richards mocks the Sheffield-born bit-of-rough's gruff Yorkshire accent as he recalls the day Bean took him out for his birthday while they were filming Troy last year.

The Tenby actor, who played a Greek soldier in the blockbuster starring Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom, is back in another role within the same epic tale, as Greek general Agamemnon in Troilus And Cressida at Clwyd Theatr Cymru.

While he thoroughly enjoys working with ``probably the best director of Shakespeare in the world'' in the Mold theatre's very own Terry Hands, he had the time of his life filming Troy.

``I spent three months with people you might expect to be up themselves, '' he says. ``But they were all thoroughly nice people. ''

Richards shared a fight scene with Pitt in which he was branded in the neck by Pitt's Achilles - and ladies, he says Brad's everything he's cracked up to be.

``He's an absolute gentleman, and an amazingly good-looking man.

He's a six-footer, well-muscled and totally charming, '' he says.

And after Troilus and Cressida started its run in Mold last night, Richards says Shakespeare's take on a love story set within the Trojan wars is much more relevant than we might think.

It tells the story of a senseless war that no-one knows how to end, and Richards says: ``There's an obvious parallel today. …

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