Actor and prominent peace campaigner Sir Mark Rylance has said that he was drawn to his role in this summer’s blockbuster film, Dunkirk, for the chance to play “an example of the very humble, insignificant people who make a difference when they all join in and contribute”.
The actor plays a civilian who sails to France to help with the rescue effort and says there are lessons we can learn today from the selfless actions of our forefathers in the battle of 1940: “I think that today you can feel that your vote, your life, doesn’t make any difference – that the Government and the big corporations have got it sealed up. Or that there’s not much point getting involved.
“But at Dunkirk, even one man in his canoe goes over because he has a seat behind him and if all of those civilians hadn’t made that effort then we wouldn’t have had an army to defend ourselves in the Second World War against fascism.”
Dunkirk, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Sir Mark, Tom Hardy, Sir Kenneth Branagh and Cillian Murphy, was released on 21st July nationwide.