James Buckley: Inbetweeners cast like 'football team'

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 August 2014
James Buckley

James Buckley

James Buckley says that he and the rest of the 'Inbetweeners' cast are popular because they're underdogs

James Buckley thinks the 'Inbetweeners 2' cast is like an unfancied "football team".

The 26-year-old actor - who plays sex fantasist Jay Cartwright in the movie - believes fans want them succeed because they're not the typical movie stars.

Speaking to The Sun newspaper, he said: "People root for us, like a football team. They want us to do well because we're very much the underdog.

"We don't look like film stars, and we don't act like them. In a way, we are very similar to 'The Inbetweeners' in that we are out of our depth."

Despite this, Buckley admits he and his co-stars Simon Bird, Joe Thomas and Blake Harrison are not adverse to mixing with other stars as they've struck up a close friendship with the One Direction boys over the years.

He explained: "They love 'The Inbetweeners', which is great. When I read that Harry Styles introduced [his ex-girlfriend] Taylor Swift to 'The Inbetweeners' dance when they got together, I texted him and said, 'Good lad.' "

The 'Best Song Ever' hitmakers - also consisting of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson - have even incorporated the 'Macarena' sequence - which appeared in the first 'Inbetweeners' film in 2011 - into their stage performance.

Buckley added: "They do the dance but they make it quite good."

Meanwhile, 'The Inbetweeners 2' is set to hit screens on August 6.

The Inbetweeners 2

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • UK
  • 1h 36min
  • Directed by: Damon Beesley, Iain Morris
  • Cast: Simon Bird, James Buckley, Joe Thomas, Blake Harrison
  • UK release: 6 August 2014

Eternal teenagers Will, Simon, Neil and Jay head to Australia in pursuit of Jay's lovely ex, Jane (Bewley). Heaving with bad-taste humour, it manages to feel less tired than the first film thanks to energetic direction, honed performances and some truly spectacular stupidity.

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