WHEN I first met Jack Reynor for his 2014 indie film Glassland, he was a straight-talking Irishman, untainted by rave reviews for What Richard Did and a lead role in Transformers: Age Of Extinction. Three years later, he’s just as down-to-earth, if a little more guarded.
‘I’ve learned that I’m a much more private person than I thought,’ he says. ‘I didn’t consider I would be so private about myself and my own life.’
We’re here to talk about Free Fire, the wild shoot-out thriller from Sightseers director Ben Wheatley, in which Reynor stars alongside Cillian Murphy and Brie Larson. ‘This is the kind of s*** I got into it for,’ says the 25-year-old, who describes his character as, ‘a crazy, long-haired, half-hippy nutcase’.
Up next is the thriller Kin, with James Franco, Zoë Kravitz and Dennis Quaid, along with Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow’s next movie. ‘It’s set during the 1967 Detroit riot,’ says Reynor. ‘I think it’s going to be pretty divisive’.
Then there’s The Man With The Iron Heart with Jack O’Connell and Andy Serkis’s Jungle Book. All this aside, Reynor seems immune to the lure of LA.
‘It’s interesting how people interact with you once you start to develop a profile,’ he says. ‘They’re interested in you for a reason that’s nothing to do with who you are.’ A pet hate is ‘when you shake hands with people and they don’t look at you’.
Yet he’s clearly ambitious. ‘You’ve got to hustle to find good scripts and you have to go in thinking, It’s going to be me,’ he says. ‘I’m not going to do those things unless I think they’re really good. Otherwise, what’s the point?’
Free Fire is out on Friday