“Idris Elba inspired me to pursue music…”
We have a little piece of Farnham on the silver screen this Thursday. Local lad Tom Taylor plays Lance, the school bully and tormentor-in-chief of main character Alex in The Kid Who Would Be King, a modern-day Arthurian family epic which also stars Patrick Stewart and Rebecca Ferguson. When Alex finds the mythical sword Excalibur, Lance must join the adolescent Round Table in the quest to save England itself from the evil sorceress Morgana. Ahead of our screenings, Tom told us a little bit more about the film and his connection to Farnham.
Can you tell us a bit about your role in The Kid Who Would Be King?
I play Lance, the film’s bully. He is a selfish character who’s only interested in being better than everyone else. This attitude eventually leaves him to do a terrible thing, after which he becomes a more wise, changed character.
What’s your connection to Farnham?
I grew up in Farnham and attended Farnham Heath End School along with all my childhood friends. We used to go on school trips to watch performances at the Maltings related to plays we were studying.
Who’s the best person you’ve worked with in your career so far?
I have been lucky enough to work with a lot of very talented actors. However the one who was really great was Idris Elba as he also inspired to me to pursue music, which is now another main focus of mine.
Do you have any new projects coming up?
Not at the moment. I do about two or three auditions a week, but you can never rely on acting due to the competitive nature of it.
If you could go back in time and play any role in movie history, what would it be?
I think I’d like to play the Joker or a character with a similar personality because it would be great to play someone who’s really insane as those roles seem extremely fun!
You can see Tom Taylor in The Kid Who Would Be King on Thursday 18 April. We have three screenings to choose from, at 11am, 2pm and 7pm. And don’t forget: kids go free with paying adults to our Thursday films. Click here to buy your tickets.