Today, the man behind Scotland’s favorite squad is set to become one of the country’s scariest characters.
Greg McHugh is set to thrill viewers as a creepy ex-convict in the dark-comedy-mystery-thriller guilt upon his return this month The actor, whose other best-known roles include Comedy Fresh Meat and drama The A Word, plays one of the key roles in the second series of Neil Forsyth’s BAFTA-winning Scotland show.
McHugh’s character, Teddy, is a haunting new foe for sociopathic lawyer Max McCall, who has just been released from behind bars and has been found by his former prison cellmate.
McHugh said: “Teddy developed a certain level of friendship, at least he thought, with Max. He’s one of the few people Max was really afraid of in prison.
“For me, it was about getting that mixture of believing that they could almost be friends, but with Teddy also having that other side of potential threat and violence.
Teddy felt Max opened a door for him intellectual, reading and writing, help and support. He’s never had this in his life. It’s a great setup to understand how the trip of Teddy is progressing. “
In the new series, Teddy attempts to renew his trusted friendship with a reluctant Max and asks for his help in seeking his own form of justice, but his trust and loyalty are betrayed.
McHugh adds: “Growing up in Edinburgh, I have definitely met people over the years who have scared me. I think back to the people I’ve met and I’m like, “No, what were they like and how did they hang out? I worked hard on it.
“It all depends on the quality of the play and the quality of the writing. If you get a quality script from Neil, you want to be involved in the project. Playing this very different character was extremely exciting.
“I wanted Teddy to be as terrifying as possible. He must have the threat of violence.
“As an actor, playing implicit stuff is a lot more interesting for me than playing it to smash someone’s head. I’d rather the audience be confused than shocked by his behavior. That’s what I did. was aiming. “
McHugh is joined by The Bodyguard star Stuart Bowman, Watchmen actress Sara Vickers, Downton Abbey and Doctor Who favorite Phyllis Logan, Chernobyl and Caliber actor Ian Pirie, and Nevers star Rochelle Neil, while that Mark Bonnar, Emun Elliott and Jamie Sives revive their respective roles of Max, Kenny and Jake from the first series.
McHugh said, “The second series has a different feel, which works in the tone that Neil set, but I think he maybe stepped up the darker element a little bit.
“There’s still that dark, gloomy humor, but maybe it’s a little more dramatic and emotional.
“It’s not so much a twisty, twisty thriller, but has the depth of a complicated spectacle, in a good way.
“It’s new, it’s difficult and it looks awesome. Of course, there are some good actors, but the scripts are so good that it makes you look better as an actor.
McHugh was also a huge fan of the critically acclaimed first Guilt series and jumped at the chance to work with Forsyth again after appearing in his adaptation of his Bob Servant books.
McHugh says: “The first series was a shining example of what could and should be made in Scotland. It was a brilliantly written and fascinating film work.
“What really impressed me was that you had to focus on it. You got involved with the characters, but there was also a complicated narrative. It’s very difficult to do – we often feed the audience to the spoon Guilt is a prime example of how all the elements come together.
“I thought he was realizing some of the potential of what could be made in Scotland. We need more of the unexpected, more breadth and depth.
“How much West Coast comedy and drama have we had over the years? Let’s start exploring Scotland for a little more nuance.
McHugh, who will be back on stage in Scotland this Christmas when he stars as Aladdin in the Christmas pantomime at SEC Armadillo in Glasgow, worked with Gregor Fisher and Rowan Atkinson on two separate comedy series, The Cockfields. and Man Vs Bee. .
However, he also shot the fantasy series A Discovery of Witches and appeared alongside Christopher Eccleston and Morven Christie in the hit drama The A Word.
He adds: “Sometimes there is a strange assumption about a difference between comedy and drama.
“I have the same approach to a comic character as I have to a dramatic character.
“It’s about ‘how do they think, how do they react to things, how do they walk, how do they stand and how do they control themselves?’ I go through this process on my own and bring it to the set.
“Each actor wants to do as many different things as possible. I think we’re becoming slightly more influenced by the American model that people can do different things.
“Ten or 15 years ago that would have been a case of, ‘Greg McHugh is great Gary: Tank Commander or Howard from Fresh Meat.’
“The industry has changed since then and I have worked very hard to open up more opportunities on the drama front.
“It’s a question of the quality of the part and the quality of the writing for me.
“If you get a quality script from Neil, you want to be involved. Playing this very different character was extremely exciting.”