Another hot star arrived at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday when Harry Styles stopped by for the world premiere of his new drama My Policeman. At an early morning press conference, Styles said he spoke about how he managed to get inside the headspace of his character, closeted cop Tom.
“I think he’s very curious,” Styles said. “I think he’s someone who was born into a very small world, and when you’re born into that kind of environment you feel like you know where the edge of the world is. Slowly as the story progresses I think he realizes that it’s a bit further afield than Brighton. I think people live in such little bubbles all their lives and when you were brought up that way and everyone around you and generations before you, your parents etc all lived in their kind of little bubble, it’s obvious it’s very difficult to even imagine the world outside of it.
“So I guess when he meets someone like that [his lover] Patrick, who’s well traveled and likes art, is kind of curious about those things,” Styles continued. “It feeds his curiosity, it’s kind of weird for him to be curious about things. And then I think that eventually, in Marion, he also finds a friend who accepts him the most, and I think, therefore, I think regardless of how you feel about their relationship, I think their friendship is incredibly genuine and loving and is tender. ”
Styles plays a gay police officer in the 1950s who is married to a teacher, Marion (Emma Corrin), but also has a relationship with a museum curator named Patrick (David Dawson). Notably, the film’s actors were jointly honored with the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance, the first time an ensemble had received this recognition.
“My Policeman” was directed by Michael Grandage from a screenplay by Ron Nyswaner based on the novel by Bethan Roberts.
Styles previously spoke to Rolling Stone about starring in a gay drama.
“It’s obviously pretty unfathomable to be like, ‘Oh, you can’t be gay right now. It was illegal,” he said. “I think everyone, including me, has their own journey of exploring and becoming more comfortable with sexuality. It’s not like, ‘This is a gay story about these guys being gay.’ It’s about love and wasted time for me.”
The film is slated to hit theaters on October 21 and hit Prime Video on November 4.
https://variety.com/2022/film/festivals/harry-styles-playing-gay-man-my-policeman-1235368569/ Harry Styles plays the closeted gay man in ‘My Policeman’