Ahead of the release of Pirates the highly anticipated directorial debut of Reggie Yates…
We spoke to actor on the rise Elliot Edusah. Fairly new face to our screens Elliot has been doing great things on the acting front. The actor who you may remember from BBC’s Sitting In Limbo and Steve McQueen’s Small Axe can now be seen in Pirates where he plays one of the three lead characters, Cappo.
Pirates is set on New Year’s Eve 1999 and sees eighteen-year-old best friends Cappo, Two Tonne and Kidda decide they’ve got to enter the millennium in the best party possible. There’s just a few problems: it’s on the other side of London, they don’t have tickets and they’ve got nothing to wear. So the trio hop in their Peugeot 205 and head on a frantic mission across the city. Reggie Yates’s directorial debut is a joyful comedy, and also a sweet, nostalgic love letter to UK garage, featuring classic tracks from So Solid Crew, DJ Zinc, DJ Luck & MC Neat and Ms Dynamite.
Elliot Edusah tells us about his character Cappo and heading back to the 90s in this fun coming-of-age comedy.
Please introduce yourself…
My name is Elliot Edusah, I’m an actor, I’m from East London, Newham and I’m of Ghanaian Heritage.
Please share a word or sentence which best describes your life right now.
When you first read the script for Pirates what were your initial thoughts? Were you excited to be a part of the project?
I fell in love with the script the second I read the first scene, it was vibrant, alive and most importantly it portrayed a version of London which I recognised and could relate to.
It is a fun exciting and positive story about London and growing up in the ’90s. You are probably too young to remember the energy and vibes of that era – did you enjoy travelling back in time and experiencing the garage music era?
Garage has always been a part of my life, from Ms Dynamite to So Solid Crew. My older siblings and Dad used to listen to it a lot. I can remember summer holidays as a kid and garage pumping through the living room speakers. Every young boy wanted to be Craig David.
Can you tell us more about Cappo and how he fits into the story?
Cappo is the best friend everybody needs. He’s an 18-year-old from North London, with desires to make something out of his life whilst trying to not let where he is from define who he is. He’s ambitious and driven and he’s is the manager and the designated driver of the I.C.C (Ice Cold Crew). Cappo is returning home from his first term at University to spend New Year’s with his boys and the other two members of the I.C.C – Two Tonne (Jordan Peters) and Kidda (Reda Elazouar).
What made you want to play Cappo, are there any similarities between yourself and the character?
I could really relate to Cappo’s story, the feeling of leaving all your friends to go to a place where you don’t know anybody and having to evolve and adapt to your environment. Also, I could relate to the peculiar feeling of returning back to where you grew up and the feeling of a sense of separation and distance as your perspectives have broadened by leaving that environment, and things are different and you feel different.
Looking back, what would you tell your 18-year-old self?
Slow down. It’s a marathon.
This is Reggie Yates’ first feature film, what was it like working with him and how does it feel helping him to create his vision?
Working with Reggie was a privilege, he inspires me not only on set but off set, too. He created an environment where us as artists felt free to create, take risks, be vulnerable, and most importantly have fun. Every morning on the way to set I was filled with a sense of optimism. He was extremely collaborative and was open to us improvising around scenes which really caught the authenticity of every moment
What was your favourite scene to shoot?
My favourite scene to shoot was the scene in Proibito.
What’s next for you?
I recently finished filming Sky’s Django, out next year. It’s a reimagining of Sergio Corbucci’s 1966 Western about a gunslinger who is searching for his daughter who he believes escaped the murder of his family eight years ago. I play ‘Andrew Ellis’, the son of Nicholas Pinnock’s character ‘John’.
Getting to know you…
A book you have to have in your collection? Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
A song/album that defines the soundtrack of your life to date? J Hus – Big Conspiracy
A film/TV show that you can watch/have watched repeatedly? Paid in Full
The first stage production you saw and what it meant to you? The first stage show I think I saw was a Shakespeare’s Globe performance of Othello when I was a kid and the sheer size of the stage astonished me. I left that performance intrigued and wanted to know more about how the show all came together.
What’s made you sad, mad, and glad this week? Weather made me sad, Manchester United drawing made me mad, and my sister graduating from her masters made me glad.
Pirates lands in UK Cinemas On 26th November 2021