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Actor Martin Delaney talks about his role in Zero Dark 30, the Bible's influence on his life and his latest fundraising challenge ...

Actor Martin Delaney talks films, football and faith with Sharon Barnard

It’s been a busy time for Martin Delaney. His latest film, Zero Dark 30 came out in January and now he’s training for the London Marathon to raise funds for a charity close to his heart – Kick4Life.

“Kick4Life uses football and sport to bring messages to people in Lesotho. It helps people get tested for HIV and tries to educate them. The work they do is amazing.”

Acting has been part of Martin’s life since he was a teenager, working with the likes of Malcolm MacDowell and Paul Scofield. More recently he’s made films alongside Gerard Butler and Clint Eastwood. 

He plays the assistant to the National Security Advisor (Stephen Dillane) in Zero Dark 30 – a film that has attracted controversy as well as Oscar nominations for its depiction of the hunt for Osama Bin Laden.

“It was incredibly flattering to go up for a project so American in nature … I knew it would be a heavy subject.”

Martin was brought up by Roman Catholic parents who instilled Christian values in their children.

“I think the Bible has a multitude of messages that will always be relevant. I know it has influenced my life.”

Martin says this wouldn’t affect his choices about the kind of roles he would take, but it would affect his approach.

“For me, acting is an important art form and it can be challenging and tough. You may have to tell all sorts of people's stories. As the actor you must find empathy – that's your job. Faith … certainly affects how I look at a piece of writing, or how I make performance choices.

“Last year I went up for a project being created by the History Channel based on the Bible. I was extremely keen on doing that.”

He was due to play Daniel, but was asked to read for Joseph in the Nativity story.

“I loved auditioning for that role – I think I would have enjoyed playing Joseph. I was possibly a little young for the role in the end, but that would have been good.”

The Virgin London Marathon takes place on 21 April 2013.

(Photo: MP Stills)





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