The stars of Snatch visited the BT Tower this week for the ‘gold carpet’ premiere of the TV series.
Inspired by Guy Ritchie’s iconic 2000 gangster movie, the 10-part series comes to British TV on October 31st at 10pm on AMC – exclusive to BT customers.
Rupert Grint, Luke Pasqualino, Lucien Laviscount, Dougray Scott. Tamer Hassan and Phoebe Dynevor were at the launch event to spill secrets on the show and each other.
From dodgy dealings in the school playground to Guy Ritchie’s words of wisdom, here are five things we learned at the premiere.
1. Rupert Grint was a hustler at school.
It might not be on the same level as the characters of Snatch, but the Harry Potter actor does know how to run a scam.
“In the playground, I used to sell counterfeit Pokeman cards. I did pretty well,” said Grint. “But since then, not so much. I can still do you a Pikachu.”
2. Phoebe Dynevor was at home filming at Granada Studios, Manchester.
The young actress is the daughter of Coronation Street legend Sally Webster (Sally Dynevor), so filming in her hometown was a treat.
“I grew up watching my mum at Granada studios. It was weird going back there. It was where I fell in love with acting. It was fantastic to be stood there and actually doing what I dreamed about.”
3. Guy Ritchie had some very simple words of wisdom.
Tamer Hussan revealed: “Snatch is the coolest movie brand on the planet. Alex De Rakoff (the writer) made a conscience decision not to have anyone from the original cast in the TV show. A lot of the original cast are friends of mine and they said, ‘why don’t you leave it alone’, but Alex took a gamble.
“He sat down with Guy Ritchie and Guy just said, ‘make it effing good’.
"I think it’s got the right beats, the right feel. It’s hard to match anything Guy does, but Alex does it brilliantly."
Luke Pasqualino added: "None of us ever wanted to negate the work that Guy had done to make that movie what it was. It’s still one of my favourite movies.
"If we are using the name, we had to capture the tone, it needed to have a correlation with the film. But we wanted to avoid being a rip-off or copying the film. It was inspired by it and it’s a fantastic platform to go off."
4. Lucien Laviscount was genuinely terrified filming one of the fight scenes.
“You bring down a 30 stone man and ask me to fight him. I genuinely didn’t think I was going to come out alive,” laughed the Scream Queens actor.
“He was lovely, lovely man, but in one of the cuts, this man falls on top of me. The whole cast and crew looked the other way when we filmed it. But we got through it.”
5. Tamer Hassan’s character Hate ‘Em All Henry was based on a real life East End villain.
“Hate ‘Em is a true life character. He was in prison with the Kray twins. He was called Hate Em All Henry, because he loved everyone until they messed around… then he killed them.”
When does Snatch start?
The 10-part series premieres in the UK on October 31 at 10pm on AMC.
How can I watch it?
Watch Snatch on AMC - the drama channel exclusive to BT customers.
BT TV customers can watch AMC on BT TV channel 332/381, catch up on episodes on the BT Player and watch on the go with the BT TV App.
The whole box set of Snatch will be available on the BT Player the day after the premiere.
BT Sport Pack customers can watch on Sky Guide channel 192.