Christopher Eccleston Says He Wanted To Die While Making G.I. JOE and THOR; and DOCTOR WHO Almost Killed His Career
Actor Christopher Eccleston is pretty candid when talking about his past work. He seems to have no problems with telling people the truth about how he feels. During a recent interview with The Guardian, the actor explained that he hated working on G.I. Joe and Thor: The Dark World so much that he wanted to kill himself. He also talked about how the BBC blackballed him after he ended his first season run of Doctor Who.
When criticizing his time spent on G.I. Joe and Thor: The Dark World the actor said:
"Working on something like G.I. Joe was horrendous. I just wanted to cut my throat every day. And Thor? Just a gun in your mouth.”
Damn! Most actors would be happy to get a gig in a film like these! In G.I. Joe, Eccleston played the villain Laird James McCullen XXIV and in Thor: The Dark World he played the dark elf Malekith. Both of the films were pretty much torn apart by most critics, but I actually enjoy Thor: The Dark World more than most people. Even if the movies turned out bad though, there's still a chance that the cast and crew would have had fun making it. Obviously, not Eccleston.
Eccleston goes on to talk about what happened after he left Doctor Who and how it almost destroyed his career.
“What happened around Doctor Who almost destroyed my career. 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. My dad always said to me: ‘I don’t care what you do – sweeping the floor or whatever you’re doing – just do the best job you can.’ I know it’s cliched and northern and all that bollocks, but it applies."
It's crazy that he was blacklisted by the BBC after he tried to leave with dignity and on good terms. But then he came to America where he started making movies that made him want to kill himself.
I like Christopher Eccleston! He was fantastic in the HBO series The Leftovers. It's always good to see him cast in a great project, but it's safe to say we'll probably never seen him in a Marvel or Hasbro movie again.