The 5-Minute Interview: 'Film Is like Going for a Gourmet Meal, TV Is like a Processed Dinner' ; John Gordon Sinclair; Plays Leo Bloom in 'The Producers'
Byrne, Ciar, The Independent (London, England)
John Gordon Sinclair, who starred as Gregory in the 1981 film 'Gregory's Girl' has taken over from Lee Evans in the role of Leo Bloom in the West End musical 'The Producers'.
How does it feel stepping into Lee Evans's shoes?
I saw the show four years ago in New York so I had Matthew Broderick more in mind. I deliberately didn't go to see the show when Lee was in it. I'd rather come to it fresh. Lee is quite different from me. He is really physical and comedic. I lost half a stone in rehearsals. I keep saying to friends you better hurry up and see me or it will be just a suit dancing.
What sort of man is Leo Bloom?
He's very nervous. He's always got a lot of problems and carries a comfort blanket. He's definitely got compulsive disorders. He's an accountant in a very boring job who feels frustrated and dreams of larger things. He wants to be a producer. He's a real innocent, the only innocent in the production. Max Bialystock [a wily Broadway producer now played by Fred Applegate] is the absolute opposite. …