Nick Frost has learnt a valuable lesson in preparing for a role – don’t take your work home with you.
The actor, who stars in new dance-themed flick Cuban Fury, also played Territorial Army obsessive Mike in Channel 4 comedy Spaced, and told Graham Norton:
“In Spaced I was a weapons expert and had to strip a MP5 Machine gun blindfolded, so they gave me one to take home.
“I’d done it a few times, when I pulled off the blindfold and there were six armed policeman streaming in and screaming at me.”
It turns out a member of the public had called the police after seeing the barrel of the gun sticking out of Frost’s bag.
“My voice went very high and I said, ‘I’m an actor!’ I was told later that they had blocked the road off and had a sniper. If I had pointed the gun at them, they would have shot me!”
Luckily, when it comes to his latest role – as a dancer trying to make his big comeback – an angry looking Salsa is probably the most ferocious his preparation got. “I trained for seven hours a day, seven days a week because I wanted to be able to dance.”
The downside is he’s now getting requests to perform, which can get a bit frustrating.
“It is actually annoying to be asked to dance because it was for a part. If I had played a murderer no one would ask me to kill someone!”
See Nick Frost on The Graham Norton Show tonight at 10:35pm on BBC1