Published on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 19:17
Film director Marcus Markou, who wrote and directed indie film Papadopoulos & Sons
about to be released in the UK hosted a questions & answers session on the film's Facebook page
He revealed the story behind Frank Dillane and Stephen Dillane's involvement in the movie: "[Stephen Dillane] is a lovely, kind and generous man and I think, on the whole, misunderstood. I just don't understand why he doesn't get a bigger casting range. Papadopoulos and Sons
proves that. The story with Stephen is that we were struggling to find an actor to play alongside Georges Corraface - a famous Greek actor that I wanted from day one for Uncle Spiros. The casting director Anji Carroll had been at drama school with Stephen and suggested him out of the blue. I had seen him in The Real Thing
years before and I just had not thought of him as Harry Papadopoulos. But immediately I loved the idea. When we sent him the script it was really to see if he liked it or not. My approach is to send out the script without an offer attached and just see if the script resonates with an actor. He liked it but the problem was that he was committed to Game of Thrones
. I assumed it was game over.
But during my research on Stephen I saw a picture of his son Frank. He suddenly jumped out as a James Papadopoulos (Harry's son). We got him in for a casting and he was magical. I thought: "This is the Dillane I want! Never mind the other one!"
But I think once we cast Frank, Stephen wanted to do the job - because the chance to work with your son is a rare opportunity in this business. He got Game of Thrones
to move their schedule for us and we ended up with the two Dillanes playing father and son and they brought a real family atmosphere on set. Lovely people. Happy times".