ON SET WITH... Josh Hartnett

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ON SET WITH... Josh Hartnett


Josh Hartnett Josh, 35, best known for movies like Black Hawk Down and Pearl Harbor, stars as gunslinger Ethan Chandler in Sky Atlantic's supernatural thriller Penny Dreadful. Here he takes us behind the scenes on the drama, which was filmed in and around Dublin...

2 MONDAY

Penny Dreadful is a gothic horror story set in Victorian London and featuring characters from literature such as Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. My character is a man of mystery who's on the payroll of Sir Malcolm Murray, played by Timothy Dalton, as he tries to track down his missing daughter. But Ethan deserves a little fun too, and today I'm filming romantic scenes with Billie Piper, who plays Irish immigrant Brona Croft. Like many actors, Billie and I aren't keen on sex scenes - filming them is anything but sexy. Thankfully, she's great and we laugh a lot between takes.

3 TUESDAY

This show is populated with monsters and creatures of the night. Walking around the set you see decapitated heads and people looking mighty scary in full monster costume, and in my vintage clothes - check shirt, tie, cotton trousers, all sourced from London's vintage markets - I feel underdressed! Today we have 20 scenes to get through, which is a lot compared to what I'm used to on movies. We have five weeks to complete two hours of finished product and then we start the whole process again, over five and a half months. It's like filming four intense movies back to back.

4 WEDNESDAY

I'm getting in plenty of shooting practice on Penny Dreadful. Ethan's very handy with a gun, as he stars in a Wild West show [right]. …

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