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Actor Adam Basil, from Aldeburgh, on his boxing role in Guy Ritchie’s new Netflix series The Gentlemen





An actor from Suffolk has spoken of his delight at being involved in a new Netflix series which is released today.

The Gentlemen was created by Guy Ritchie and is a spin-off of the English director’s 2019 film of the same name which starred Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell and Hugh Grant.

The show features a total of eight 60-minute episodes and Adam, from Aldeburgh, plays a character called The Butcher.

Adam Basil plays The Butcher in The Gentlemen – the new Netflix series that is an adaptation of the 2019 movie. Picture: Adam Basil
Adam Basil plays The Butcher in The Gentlemen – the new Netflix series that is an adaptation of the 2019 movie. Picture: Adam Basil

“To be a fan of the Guy Ritchie films and being able to get involved in this series was honestly so brilliant,” Adam said.

“I rewatched Snatch the other day which I hadn’t seen for years. It’s still fantastic and funny and it’s amazing how they got Brad Pitt for it too.

“With playing The Butcher, he’s a heavyweight boxer who doesn’t mind cheating and I’ve never filmed a boxing match in a ring before so that was a great experience for me.

Adam filmed a boxing fight scene over the space of three days. Picture: Netflix
Adam filmed a boxing fight scene over the space of three days. Picture: Netflix

“We filmed the fight over the space of three days. I really enjoyed it and it was overall just really good fun.”

Adam, who is also a boxing fan, filmed for The Gentlemen following reshoots for Sony’s superhero film Kraven The Hunter, so he was already in good shape for his fight scenes.

The stuntman has formerly competed in and won kickboxing tournaments and thanks to his previous experiences in fight scenes in films as well, it helped him to secure the role after the show’s casting director and stunt coordinator reached out to him.

Adam has previously played as Tom Hardy's stunt double in Venom: Let There Be Carnage and was in the latest James Bond film No Time to Die. Picture: Adam Basil
Adam has previously played as Tom Hardy's stunt double in Venom: Let There Be Carnage and was in the latest James Bond film No Time to Die. Picture: Adam Basil

The 34-year-old played Venom in Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and has worked on Game of Thrones and Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as Beauty and the Beast, Gangs of London and the last James Bond film No Time to Die.

Last year, his stint as The Bloater in HBO’s highly acclaimed The Last of Us show, saw an unexpected spike in interest online in him.

“The Last of Us was really big for me and I blew up a little bit because of that,” Adam said.

“Gangs of London was also huge for me and I got a lot of messages from that.

Adam Basil stole the show as The Bloater in episode five of HBO's The Last Of Us television series. Picture: HBO/Adam Basil
Adam Basil stole the show as The Bloater in episode five of HBO's The Last Of Us television series. Picture: HBO/Adam Basil

“Anything that goes on Netflix means the whole world kind of sees it so it’s going to be really interesting to see how it all turns out over the next couple of weeks.

“Being involved in something that’s a hit does help with your next jobs as it’s always useful if there’s a little bit of hype about.”

In the Gentlemen series, Theo James takes the lead role as character Eddie Horniman who inherits a family estate and is initially unaware it is home to a drug empire run by a syndicate which has no plans to vacate.

The rest of the cast includes Kaya Scodelario, Vinnie Jones, Giancarlo Esposito, Ray Winstone, Joely Richardson and more.

All eight episodes of the show are now available to watch on Netflix.