Daniel Mays has expressed his views on the UK’s exit from the European Union, calling the controversial 2020 decision “utter madness”.
The British actor, 44, stars in Apple TV’s upcoming Benjamin Franklin untitled series, which will explore the compelling story of America’s struggle for democracy.
In the show, which stars Michael Douglas as Franklin, Mays portrays one of his closest confidants, Edward Bancroft, who served as a double agent for the British.
Speak with The Independent In a new interview, Mays explained how he, an Essex native, was able to “find his way around” America’s Revolutionary War in preparation for the role.
“It’s like Brexit,” he said, describing the 18th-century revolution. “It has totally and absolutely polarized families, whole communities. Of course they needed their independence, they wanted to do their own thing. So it’s really fascinating.”
Since Bancroft worked as Secretary of the American Commission in Paris, Mays has spent much of his time filming in France.
This experience has given Mays first-hand experience of the restrictions that the UK’s exit from the EU has brought, particularly the ‘hype’ of travel.
“The way technology and transportation systems work today… as a species, we’re constantly evolving,” he said. “For me, Brexit was always like raising the drawbridge. It made no sense.”
In fact, it was May’s childhood spent with Rada that he says gave him an appreciation for Britain’s cultural diversity.
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“There was a whole mix of people from America, from India, from Australia… I was an Essex kid, growing up there in London, exploring and connecting with so many different people from different countries and walks of life.” he said.
“My brain just exploded with all of this. My whole experience expanded incredibly. So I’ve always seen myself as European in some way. I never got the whole idea of ”I want my country back”. For me it was complete madness.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/daniel-mays-brexit-britain-european-b2237799.html “Brexit was utter madness:” Daniel Mays says Britain’s cultural diversity makes him feel “European”.