Veteran actor Tim Roth says he was drawn to the “anarchy and chaos” of new cop drama Tin Star.
The 56-year-old said playing a recovering alcoholic policeman in the Sky Atlantic show was “hard work but fun” because of the complexity of the character and the length of the show.
“You know what, I wasn’t particularly looking to do something in television,” Roth said.
“I had already done a series in America ( Fox show Lie To Me) and that was hard work but fun, which is always good.
“Then this popped up.
“It had an anarchy and chaos to it that I really liked, and not an accidental chaos, it had a feeling of madness. There is a monstrous confusion to the character that I think is fun to play.”
Tin Star’s 10 episodes follow an expat British police chief who has come to Canada with his family to start a new life.
Set against the backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, the show presents itself as half drama, half dark comedy, as its main character “embarks on a path of bloody vengeance” after a family member is murdered.
Roth, whose built a career working with directors like Quentin Tarantino and Wim Wenders, said “there is a much wilder version” of his character in Tin Star than it seems at first.
“They are very different versions of the same man,” he said.
“But there are common denominators that anchor him however wild he goes: his wife and daughter are the gravity of his whole character.
“One of the most powerful things about the show is the family dynamic. As wild as it gets, that is what holds it together.”
The show also stars Mad Men alum Christina Hendricks, who plays a former journalist, now doing PR for a major oil company.
“I loved the idea of seeing the oil industry on screen,” Hendricks said.
“We’ve mostly only seen that in documentaries before. I liked that it was a character in the story.”
All episodes of Tin Star are available on 7 September, exclusively on Sky Atlantic and NOW TV.