MilliOnAir interactive Magazine May 2017 - Page 45


MilliOnAir caught up with Actor and Producer Terry Stone on the set of his new movie Once Upon a Time in London... 

MOA: Your new film  Once Upon a Time in London, Dramatising the violent reign of two of London's most notorious gangsters, Billy Hill (Leo Gregory) and Jack 'Spot' Comer (Terry Stone), the movie charts the legendary rise and fall of a nationwide criminal empire that lasted until the mid-fifties and which paved the way for the notorious Kray Twins and The Richardsons. We are really looking forward to this Terry, can you tell us how the filming is going and when will we be on the red carpet for the premier?

Terry:  I started developing this film way back in 2011 and at the time there wasn’t really many period crime films or TV series around and I was fascinated why no one had ever made a film chartering the birth of organised crime in the UK. I developed “Rise of The Footsoldier” which is arguably one of the best and most successful British Crime Films made over the past 10 years so I jumped in with both feet on this project with my producing partners and as Peaky Blinders, Broadwalk Empire, Black Mass and Legend came out and were all well received and have been big international successes I felt it was time to get this film into production. The filming has been great fun and very challenging as making a film set in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s in London is hard because nothing looks like it did back then, but where there’s a will there’s a way! The film could be released late this year but more than likely it will be early 2018.

MOA: A lot of the characters you play are gangsters, is this something you are passionate about in real life?

Terry:   I grew up watching The Godfather, Goodfella’s, Casino, Carlito’s Way, Shawshank Redemption, Once Upon a Time in America and Scarface so you could say I was spoilt by watching some great crime films and whilst I like all films (even rom coms!) if I had a choice whatever I watched would be 18 rated and have an edge to it. Also, being a working class South London lad that used to box and run some of the biggest dance music nights throughout the 90’s and 2000’s I’ve rubbed shoulders with people like this all over the World and if you play a character in a film you obviously have to make it believable and I must be good at it otherwise I wouldn’t keep being offered these roles. Ray Winstone, Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino have made huge movie careers off the back of playing Criminals or Working Class hero’s so I’m in good company. I wrote a book about my experiences in the club scene entitled “King of Clubs” and this gives you a look into my character and the real life experiences I’ve had and the life changing experiences which I’ve been through which obviously help me whenever I have to build a character or pretend to be someone I’m obviously not, you can download it here:

The King of Clubs

MOA: you are the founder of Gateway Films; can you tell us a more about this?

Terry:  I got together in 2009 with some entrepreneurs that liked me and liked film so we started working together and what really works for me is they let me get on with what I do and don’t interfere. I’ve always felt in business you can’t have lots of bosses or you spend your life telling each other what to do or arguing about nonsense and life’s too short, you do have to listen to everyone’s opinions and advice and as I’ve surrounded myself with people that are much smarter than me and this comes in handy on a regular basis.