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Jack Bannon: "Pour a drink and laugh at the absurdity of the whole thing"

Star of Batman prequel Pennyworth – focused on the not-yet butler Alfred – Jack Bannon pays us a socially distant visit for another edition of lockdown life 

Jack Bannon

Batman never had to contend with lockdown but you suspect he'd have coped OK. 

Large manor, hidden cave, personal butler – yeah, Bruce would have been alright. 

You mightn't have you own Alfred but you can enjoy the next best thing by streaming the first season of Pennyworth – a prequel depicting the early years of Batman's batman in an alternate version of London.

We caught up with its leading man Jack Bannon to talk life and lockdown. 

Life 

What upcoming project(s) are you most excited about?

I’m most excited about season 2 of “Pennyworth.” I think the show has grown into its own, we know what worked from season 1 and everyone is taking a few more risks which is so exciting to see!

What is your proudest professional accomplishment?

I think my proudest professional accomplishment is just the fact I get to say I’m an actor. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do and the fact someone is willing to pay me for doing my hobby still defies belief. I am very lucky.

If you could change one thing about your career, what would it be?

If I could change one thing it would be to work more, surely every actor would say that right?

That’s the only thing I can think of… and maybe more roles driving fast cars?

What do you hope to achieve that you haven’t yet?

I hope to achieve longevity and variety, some of the most exciting roles could be just round the corner.

Outside of your family, who is / was your biggest inspiration?

Lots of people inspire me. Obviously various actors, Paul Scholes, my friends, nurses and all NHS workers especially at this particular time, Kallim this young guy who used to come into the pub I worked in and I’ve sort of become a mentor to!

Tell us something nobody knows about you…

I’m colourblind.

Lockdown

How are you finding lockdown?

Lockdown isn’t so bad. You’ve caught me on a particularly sunny afternoon and we have a garden so I’m grateful for that.

Best thing about lockdown?

Best thing about lockdown I suppose is that it has forced everyone to slow down and be a bit more observant, a bit more grateful and hopefully a lot more aware.

In London, and in the job we’re in it’s easy to get caught up in ‘what’s next, what’s next’, but it’s nice to sit back sometimes and look around you, at what you have achieved, and realise you don’t need a whole lot of anything!

I’m lucky enough to be able to do that. Health, family and friends is about all you need.

Worst thing about lockdown?

Worst thing is not being able to see those friends. Not being able to touch anyone, I never really realised but as a human it’s so important. Also how is it that the days go so quickly but the weeks so slow?

Top tip for surviving lockdown?

Top tip would probably be routine and exercise. Boring but necessary.

I feel like I’ve been in training for this. Being an out of work actor is kind of similar. If you don’t have another job...you have to keep yourself in the ‘real world’ by getting up at a similar time each day, doing some exercise, eat well, etc.

But enjoy yourself too! Don’t be too hard on yourself, this is an unprecedented situation, no one has a fucking clue what’s the best way to approach it! Pour yourself a drink and laugh at the absurdity of the whole fucking thing.

If you could be locked down with one person, alive or dead, who would it be?

Lockdown partner would be Anthony Bourdain - he could teach you to cook mad stuff, would be a great drinking partner, and he could tell you all about the places in the world you might want to visit when this shit is all over.

What are you most looking forward to doing once lockdown is over?

Going to The Gowlett pub and having a pint of Landlord and a pizza. And hugging and kissing all my mates obviously.

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Watch Season One of Pennyworth on Amazon Prime 

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