Mackenzie Crook admits directing Vanessa Redgrave was 'daunting'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 17 December 2020
Mackenzie Crook

Mackenzie Crook

According to Mackenzie Crook, directing Vanessa Redgrave in 'Worzel Gummidge' was a "daunting" experience

Mackenzie Crook found directing Vanessa Redgrave in 'Worzel Gummidge' to be a "daunting" experience.

The 49-year-old star helms the TV series based on the 'Worzel Gummidge' books by Barbara Euphan Todd, and Mackenzie – who plays the titular character – has confessed to being slightly intimidated by working with the iconic actress.

Asked about the experience, Mackenzie explained: "Daunting is a very good word for it.

"I mean, she didn't make it daunting. It's just my own preconceptions – she's a legend and to find myself directing Vanessa Redgrave on a windswept beach was quite an experience. But, yeah, she was wonderful."

Mackenzie underwent a dramatic transformation to star in the show.

But the actor – who played Gareth Keenan in 'The Office' – actually found the scenario to be "meditative".

He told ITV's 'This Morning': "They actually shaved the time down quite a bit this time around. Last year, it was taking two-and-a-half hours, this year it took one-and-a-half hours.

"But I don't mind it – you know, it's kind of a meditative process. It's sort of a slow changing in front of the mirror into character, and yeah, it's alright. I don't mind."

Despite this, Mackenzie acknowledged that he never felt truly comfortable after undergoing the transformation.

The actor likened the situation to having his head "wrapped in Sellotape".

Mackenzie – who played Ragetti in the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films, and Orell in 'Game of Thrones' – said: "I won't lie: it feels like your head is wrapped in Sellotape the whole day, with just eye holes and mouth holes. You can't really ever forget that all this stuff is sort of glued to your head."

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