Peaky Blinders star on why Luca Changretta was a dream role

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Esteemed Hollywood actor Adrien Brody played Tommy Shelby’s nemesis in season four of the show, and he has been discussing how the Birmingham-inspired drama inspired him to take on another intense role

Former Peaky Blinders actor Adrien Brody has opened up on his time on the hit BBC show.

Brody played Thomas Shelby’s enemy Luca Changretta in series four, and the Oscar winner has described the character as a dream role.

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When asked about his time on the show, Brody, speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, said: “I guess it doesn’t get much better than that, especially when it’s someone as accomplished and talented as Steve Knight, who wrote a role that rivals most gangster characters that you’ve seen.

Adrien Brody plays Italian mobster Luca Changretta.Adrien Brody plays Italian mobster Luca Changretta.
Adrien Brody plays Italian mobster Luca Changretta.

“I’ve dreamt of playing that character as well. I wouldn’t have necessarily dreamt of writing that, so to speak, but I dreamt of finding, tonally, a role that was just like Luca Changretta.

“And it was such a fun thing to do. I felt welcomed. To jump on a show that you love with great writing and so many prime actors involved is exciting.

Brody even said that his role in Peaky Blinders inspired him for his role in the 2021 film Clean, in which he plays a garbage man who is troubled by a violent past and the loss of his daughter.

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Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, he said: “[Peaky Blinders] basically led to Clean because I was very inspired and in a zone.

“It bolstered a degree of confidence that it took for me to be decisive and to engage Paul (Solet), and say, ‘Let’s do this. Let’s go and build this because it’s not just coming.’ So the writing process started right at that time (while shooting Peaky Blinders season four).”

The sixth and final series of Peaky Blinders is set to air soon, with the BBC saying fans can expect the next installment early in 2022.

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