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Interview With Sir Benjamin Slade-Lord Maunsel in "Hedda Gabler" Movie

Updated on August 5, 2013
Sir Benjamin Slade as Lord Maunsel in Hedda Gabler. Photo copyrighted by Robert Lipnicki and used with permission.
Sir Benjamin Slade as Lord Maunsel in Hedda Gabler. Photo copyrighted by Robert Lipnicki and used with permission. | Source

I recently had the opportunity to interview one of the cast members from an upcoming period drama Hedda Gabler. As an appreciator of period drama films, I was very interested to learn about a period drama that was new to me.

NM throughout this hub refers to me (Nalini Márquez) as interviewer.

All pictures included in this hub are copyrighted by Robert Lipnicki and used with permission from the film's director Matthew John.

NM: Hello Sir Benjamin Slade, thank you for taking the time to talk to me about your new film Hedda Gabler.

Sir Benjamin Slade as Lord Maunsel in Hedda Gabler. Photo copyrighted by Robert Lipnicki and used with permission.
Sir Benjamin Slade as Lord Maunsel in Hedda Gabler. Photo copyrighted by Robert Lipnicki and used with permission. | Source

NM: You play Lord Maunsel in the film and on the film's website you are described as "an aristocratic lord, who is the life and soul of the decadent pubs and brothels of the male-dominated Victorian nightlife."

How do you feel you relate to your character?

Sir Benjamin Slade: You've missed out on the gun-toting bit. I don't think I'm going to get an Oscar! My family motto is "fighting, f***ing, and drinking."

NM: I understand that you own the house/location where the movie was filmed and that the house/location is steeped in history.

Could you tell me more about this?

Sir Benjamin Slade: Yes, I own Maunsel House and the 1400 acre Estate where the movie was filmed. The house has a lot of history. The Romans were here, as were the Saxons. Alfred the Great stayed here in 878, Queen Matilda camped here in the wars in the 1130's. John of Gaunt used to come here to visit his brother-in-law, Geoffrey Chaucer, in the 1390's. Madeleine Slade, the devotee mistress of Gandhi was brought up here.

Sir Benjamin Slade as Lord Maunsel in Hedda Gabler. Photo copyrighted by Robert Lipnicki and used with permission.
Sir Benjamin Slade as Lord Maunsel in Hedda Gabler. Photo copyrighted by Robert Lipnicki and used with permission. | Source

NM: And since we are on the topic of the fact that it is your house, what was it like having a movie filmed in your home?

What do you think about doing more films?

Sir Benjamin Slade: I'm a natural actor and producer, so I am very keen to do more films here.

Sir Benjamin Slade as Lord Maunsel in Hedda Gabler. Photo copyrighted by Robert Lipnicki and used with permission.
Sir Benjamin Slade as Lord Maunsel in Hedda Gabler. Photo copyrighted by Robert Lipnicki and used with permission. | Source

NM: What goals and projects are you looking forward to in the future?

Sir Benjamin Slade: Losing a stone in weight, curing my sleep apnea, falling in love, marrying and breeding two sons. Buying more land, planting more trees, buying a London house, restoring more of the family pictures, rebuilding the art collection, getting my 17 weapons back and getting fabulously rich!

NM: If you could play any character in a film, who would it be and why?

Sir Benjamin Slade: Tom Jones, Casanova, and the Captain with the bad leg in Ryan's Daughter. I could do Simon de Winter in the film Rebecca as my housekeeper is called Mrs. Danvers and some people call the house Manderley.

NM: What films inspire you?

Sir Benjamin Slade: El Cid and Alexander.

NM: And lastly, words to live by?

Sir Benjamin Slade: If it f***s, floats, or flies-rent it, don't buy it or marry it! Never buy a property outside the boundaries of England and never do anything agricultural.

NM: Thank you for your interview! Best to you on the film! :-)

Sir Benjamin Slade as Lord Maunsel in Hedda Gabler. Photo copyrighted by Robert Lipnicki and used with permission.
Sir Benjamin Slade as Lord Maunsel in Hedda Gabler. Photo copyrighted by Robert Lipnicki and used with permission. | Source

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