October 5, 2022

Mumbai, Aug 24: Grammy winner and former One Direction member Harry Styles, who is gearing up for the romantic period drama film ‘My Policeman’, has said that he is proud to be part of the movie.

He mentioned that the film’s story completely moved him and he decided to approach director Michael Grandage himself. In his meeting with Grandage, Styles showed up with all the lines memorised.

Revealing what attracted him to the story, Styles said, “It’s not like”. This is a gay story about these guys being gay’. It’s about love and about wasted time to me. It’s obviously pretty unfathomable now to think, Oh, you couldn’t be gay. That was illegal (in the ’50s)’. I think everyone, including myself, has their own journey with figuring out sexuality and getting more comfortable with it.”

Set in 1957 Britain, ‘My Policeman’ is based on Bethan Roberts’ 2012 novel of the same name.

The film shows the love triangle of gay policeman Tom (played by Harry Styles), teacher Marion (played by Emma Corrin), and museum curator Patrick (played by David Dawson). Tom marries Marion while he is still in love with Patrick, leading them on an emotional journey.

The hide-and-seek game results in longing and regret. Years later in 1990, the three of them have one last chance to repair their past mistakes as they reunite under dire circumstances.

While the film has intimate scenes, Styles feels it focuses more on emotional lovemaking between the gay couple, rather than physical sexuality.

Sharing how director Micheal Grandage wanted to portray gay intimacy, the actor said: “So much of gay sex in the film is two guys going at it, and it kind of removes the tenderness from it.”

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Styles added: “There will be, I would imagine, some people who watch it who were very much alive during this time when it was illegal to be gay, and Michael wanted to show that it’s tender and loving and sensitive.”

Featuring an ensemble cast of Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, Gina Mckee, Linus Roache, David Dawson and Rupert Everett, ‘My Policeman’ will release in select theatres on October 21 followed by a global release on Prime Video on November 4.

With IANS Inputs….