Christopher Eccleston gave a long interview to The Guardian recently in preparation for his turn as Macbeth. But the actor had a few other things on his mind as he touched on what he might consider lowlights in his career and the joy of working with Nicolas Cage.
"Working on something like GI Joe was horrendous," he says, emphasising that the responsibility was his and not anyone else's. "I just wanted to cut my throat every day. And Thor? Just a gun in your mouth. Gone in 60 Seconds was a good experience. Nic Cage is a gentleman and fantastic actor. But GI Joe and Thor were ... I really paid for being a whore those times."
Not one to leave any bridge unburned, unless that bridge has Nic Cage on it, the veteran actor also went on to gripe about his time at BBC on Doctor Who.
"What happened around Doctor Who almost destroyed my career," he says. "I gave them a hit show and I left with dignity and then they put me on a blacklist. I was carrying my own insecurities as it was something I had never done before and then I was abandoned, vilified in the tabloid press and blacklisted. I was told by my agent at the time: 'The BBC regime is against you. You're going to have to get out of the country and wait for regime change.' So I went away to America and I kept on working because that's what my parents instilled in me."
Eccleston will appear as Macbeth in Macbeth at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon from March 13 to September 18.