Dunkirk tells the story of ‘400,000 men who couldn’t get home, so home came for them’ and Harry Styles has admitted he cried seeing the ‘really emotional’ war movie.
The One Direction star, 23, plays a young British soldier named Alex in Christopher Nolan’s latest film and says the epic true story of the fighters – who were rescued by civilians on the beach in France in 1940 – moved the singer to tears when he watched it on the big screen for the first time.
Harry sat down for a chat with Nick Grimshaw on BBC Radio 1 today and said watching himself on screen is ‘weird’ the story took over his emotions.
‘I [am a crier] sometimes. Sometimes things will just get me.
‘The first time I watched it I hadn’t seen anything or how the director had put the story together, so was more like kind of watching to see what the story was.
‘But when I watched it at the premiere in London, it got me a couple of times. There’s an emotional couple of bits where I was like, ‘I don’t know if I’m allowed to cry at a movie that I’m in!’ But yeah, it’s really emotional.
‘The thing is, sitting in a cinema full of people, you still feel like you’re watching it on your own. It’s such a personal experience. You feel surrounded by it and it doesn’t feel like you’re watching a screen really. It feels like you’re in there,’ he told his pal.
But the Sign of The Times singer admitted the audtion process was even more strange, and he ‘obsessed’ over whether he had won the part or not beforehand.
‘I walked in and everyone in the room was people I’d seen in movies. It’s so weird because you do it then go home and obsess over whether it was good or not. It was a really strange thing.
‘I was in a writing session [when I found out I’d got the part] and couldn’t tell anyone I’d got it. My agent and manager called me, I shouted with them on the phone, walked back into the room and they were like, ‘Are you okay?’
‘I was like, ‘Yeah, my friend got a job and it’s just really good…”
Good swerve, Harry!
Despite all his experience with huge stages and sets from his One Direction days, Harry also admitted that ‘walking onto the (Dunkirk) set was so overwhelming.’
‘Trying to imagine something of that size then actually seeing it is insane. My first day on set was one of the hardest weather days as well, so I was really thrown in the deep end. It was freezing!’