Following on from cult films, Kidulthood and Adulthood, Noel Clarke's final instalment, Brotherhood lands in cinemas today. Fady Elsayed plays the character Wino and we have an exclusive interview with him in our current print issue.
London-born actor, Fady Elsayed caught the attention of many for his role in the acclaimed film My Brother the Devil. Nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2012 London Film Festival, all eyes have been focused on Fady. He now embarks on two new projects in the form of CLASS, a Doctor Who offshoot aimed at a younger audience, and Brotherhood, the raw portrayal of urban London. We spoke to mercurial star about his upcoming projects, style and life outside of acting.
How do you prepare for roles as different as CLASS and Brotherhood?
I listen to a lot of music; I feel like there’s a song that suits me for every mood. I find a song that matches the emotion that my character is feeling, and that helps me get into that zone. I try to draw on my own experiences where I can and bring elements to each character that I can relate to.
The Kidulthood series had a huge cultural impact, how we will see it evolve in the next installment?
Well, Noel Clarke is a very smart writer and director and knows exactly what his audience wants to see. He’s had over ten years experience and has gained a deep understanding of urban youth culture and that’s reflected in his portrayal of it within the films. So, in Brotherhood, he continues to depict the evolution of this culture by incorporating figures like Stormzy.
Which character’s wardrobe have you enjoyed the most?
Penny Dreadful, because we created everything from scratch, from the sets, down to the costume, down to the character. I had the opportunity to sit down with the costume designer and pick what sort of outfit suited my character. I sat there and designed it with her, which was really cool.
How would you describe your style?
I’d say quite casual. Although I can’t deny that I love putting on a suit every now and then.
Do you have any go-to designers?
I love The Kooples; I’m a huge fan of their shirts and suits. G-Star, Burberry and All Saints – I love. Armani, Prada, Calvin Klein (boxers especially). On a casual day an Adidas tracksuit and trainers is perfect.
Read the full interview in the current print issue (Issue 13 – The Design Issue), available from Candid Magazine.
Words by Andres Bogues