Danny Dyer: "People Hate Me"

We chat with bad boy Danny Dyer about DJing, Dubai, movies and being misunderstood
Thursday , 24 May 2012
Danny loved the leopard sofas at Cavalli Club
Danny loved the leopard sofas at Cavalli Club
Danny starring
in Severance
Danny starring in Severance

You will probably know Danny Dyer as the cheeky actor from flicks such as Severance, Mean Machine and The Business. Danny hails from East London and is proud of it, and while he has a rep for being a wild bad boy, he insists he’s a sensitive family man. Although he does love a good party! Danny’s latest talent is DJing, and we chatted to him before his gig at Ahlan!’s LOUD event at Cavalli Club.

Welcome to the UAE! What do you think of Dubai so far?
It’s a great place, I love the glitter of it all. The only thing is the heat! I just can’t describe it, it’s too much!

How did you get into DJing? What’s it been like for you?
I’ve been doing it for a couple of years now and I’m still learning the ropes. Obviously I’m no Carl Cox but I like to bring a bit of music to the party. Usually we do little towns up north so doing it in Dubai is a beautiful thing!

What’s your fave type of music to play?
I’m into all sorts of music, it depends on my mood. I’m a massive fan of Kasabian and they’re good friends of mine.

You’ve got a rep for being a bit of a bad boy. Is that what you’re like in real life?
No. It’s just the way I talk. I’m a sensitive soul really. I do like to party, but who doesn’t! I think the rep comes because of some of the movies I’ve made, some of the characters I’ve played. I do swear a little bit and I’ve got a bit of swagger – people buy into all that.

Does the attention from being famous annoy you?
It’s not that it annoys me, you just can’t really turn it on and off. I’ve got a weird level of fame. People hate me. Some of the stuff people write about me on the internet is weird, they’ve just got this hate, pure venom, and they’ve never met me before!

What’s your favourite movie that you’ve acted in?
It’s a toss up. I really enjoyed making Severance because it’s such a good role. It’s horror and it’s comedy at the same time, which I think is a hard thing to achieve. Also The Business, because it was set in Spain in the Eighties which is a period that’s really close to my heart.

Is there any truth to the rumours you were asked to be on EastEnders?
I had a meeting with the BBC for something else and they said, "How would you feel about doing two weeks on EastEnders?" – come in and shake up a few people, cause a bit of a stir and then leave. I liked the idea of it. I wouldn’t write it off but I don’t think I’m ready to do that yet, maybe later on in my career.

So what’s next for you?
I’m playing Alfie in the West End. I need to get back on the stage because it gives you a real kick up the a***. 

Before you were married, were you ever rejected by the ladies?
[Laughs] Every geezer gets a knock back from the birds, of course!

Tell us about your book Danny Dyer - The Real Deal. What made you decide to write the book?
Money! They offered me a s*** load of money! As I started to do it, I enjoyed it. I wanted to focus on acting and try and inspire a few youngsters from working class backgrounds and say if I could do it anyone can do it. You’re quite underestimated when you’ve got an accent like mine.

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