Interview: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
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Nathan Stewart-Jarrett: Curtis from Misfits, Ian from Channel 4’s smash hit Utopia, and all-round nice guy. He took some time out of promoting Utopia’s DVD release to talk to The National Student about the conspiracy thriller and what it was like to finally say goodbye to Misfits. For people who haven’t seen Utopia yet, could you try and sum it up in a couple of sentences? Tough ask I know… In a couple of sentences?! Um… it’s about a graphic novel called the Utopia Project that has been written by a scientist and contains governmental secrets. Our group from an internet forum have met up to find the manuscript, and the people who want to keep the secrets “secret” are after us! Why should people catch up on it and why is it worth watching? I think it’s really really gripping, it looks amazing and the writing is incredible. But it’s the conspiracy side of it that’s really gripping, and the way it’s set in a kind of dystopian present – we don’t know when we’re being watched, or who we can trust. It’s also got really great characters as well, people can identify with each character which is wonderful. I definitely enjoy that aspect of it, that it almost seems like it could happen… Yeah, I think a big part of it is not whether it COULD happen but is it happening NOW, I think that’s really interesting. People know you as Curtis from Misfits - a lot of people loved the character and the show was really popular. How does your character Ian in Utopia differ from Curtis? Ah cheers… In every way! He’s a frustrated I.T consultant that lives at home with his mother, he’s really smart but he’s not very confident with girls, I mean he doesn’t even know what he wants to do in life, whereas Curtis was so driven, he was really ambitious and focused on a goal. Ian is the complete opposite. But that’s cool because he’s a character people can relate to, a lot of people come out of school or university and get a job and then they’re like… what next? They face a severe slump and that’s what Ian’s going through now. There are definite similarities between Misfits and Utopia – both darkly funny dramas – is that the sort of script you’re drawn to, or is it just coincidence? I think it’s a bit of a coincidence actually, though there are similarities in both. I mean I LOVE the script, that’s really what it was about for me personally. I was genuinely upset when Curtis, last of the original cast, was killed off in Misfits. Do you feel like it was a worthy send off for the character, and were you sad to leave the show or did it feel like the right time?
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