Step into a world of incredible wealth and privilege. This is where the drama of new film The Riot Club unfolds, and for the ensemble cast – a who’s who of dashing British stars and up-and-comers – the only rules worth playing by are those dictated by the age-old secret society.
Your guides? Stars Sam Claflin, 28, and Max Irons, 29, who play two University of Oxford students who are granted membership to the elite group. Directed by Lone Scherfig (An Education), The Riot Club made its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and arrives in theatres March 27. Hello! chats with two of the film’s hottest stars and introduces you to the film’s dashing cast!
What was it like working with Lone Scherfig?
Sam Claflin: She really was an incredibly, incredibly patient woman. It was a dream come true.
Max Irons: This is a wonderful film with wonderful people and a wonderful director. If I say wonderful again I’ll pass out. [Laughs]
What was the atmosphere like on set?
Sam: I feel like [director] Lone Scherfig is my mother. She really took us under her wing and pointed us in the right direction. Without her guidance we would’ve run riot quite literally, no pun intended.
Could you relate to the private school culture in this film?
Sam: My upbringing is so vastly different from that which we were trying to depict. I think I’m one of the few boys who didn’t go to a school that’s even similar. The character that I portray is the most conservative of all of them. I had to do a lot of research. It was a huge challenge for me, which is why I embraced it.
Were you ever part of a club like this?
Sam: I was in a gang. [Smiles] I’m kidding. No, I’ve never really been in a club like this. I have friends, but we don’t do anything like these guys do in the movie. We watch football and enjoy a very calm beer in a pub. We never get dressed up in tails or waistcoats. We just hang out.
The movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Tell us about your experience in Toronto.
Max: It was pretty wonderful. It’s lovely how many people turned out to see it. I actually met one of my heroes Daniel Bruhl at TIFF, who is such a fantastic actor.
Max, do you ever feel pressure in Hollywood because both of your parents [Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack] are actors?
I don’t think about that too much. It’s something that’s in other people’s minds and out of my control. All I can do is do what I’m trying to do anyway, which is do good films with good people and good directors.