The Version's Fortitude Week... Robert Sheehan Interview

Fortitude returns for a second series tonight and it's set to be even more chilling and gripping that the first. Rob Sheehan tells us more...

What attracted you to the world of Fortitude?

It was mainly the prospect of seeing Richard Dormer, topless, in the snow. You should see his chest hair, it’s pretty magnificent. It looks like an old wolf has laid down and died on his midriff. But when the part came around, I binge-watched the whole show over, like, a two-day period, and, you know, that’s a good sign – I was addicted to it. The scripts zing along at a great pace, and the most compelling thing, I thought, was the character of Vladek. As a show-off, naturally you’re always looking for the thing you think is going to be the most interesting in the project, so to be that thing is always very intriguing.

 

Who is Vladek?

He’s an electrical engineer, but he comes to town seemingly with a mission.  

 

He has an interesting look…

He looks like an old Inuit lady – wearing moon boots. Why not try moon boots? His look is very much derived from the earth, everything he wears is of a practical nature. 

 

Is season two just as graphic as season one?

There’s quite a graphic naked shower scene involving my character – that was fun to shoot. There is all of the gore and the horror which was in the first season – it’s back in spades, man. 

 

Is there a sense of achievement around the series?

Among us, definitely, yes. What’s interesting about doing this show is that due to deadlines, or whatever, you’re getting scripts and scripts are changing and you are hurtling towards the climactic end. So at times when we’re creating this series we have no idea what is coming ahead, which is frustrating, but also quite exciting, because I suppose it’s quite like life. But I think we’ve done some interesting, really out-there, challenging things and I think people’s heads are going to be blown off when they see some of the Robert Sheehan Vladek Klimov I think people’s heads are going to be blown off when they see some of the mad, mad stuff we’ve put together in this season ABOUT VLADEK An electrical engineer and a new arrival in Fortitude. mad, mad stuff we’ve put together in this season. The thing about being in this show is you can’t go into it half-assed. You have to take the material, which is incredibly risky dramatically, and elevate it, which takes balls. So that’s been the challenge and it’s been really nice because the vast amount of Vladek’s journey has been with the one director [Kieron Hawkes] and very personal, and that’s been a joy because I’ve been completely uninhibited in pushing the boundaries of the scenes. If you go into something like Fortitude half-cooked and not willing to show up then you’re at nothing really.

 

Fortitude Season 2 starts tonight, 9pm on Sky Atlantic