“Wasted Time,” a Central Theme in the LGBT Drama “My Policeman,” is the “Most Devastating Thing,” According to Harry Styles!
It may have been less than a week since Harry Styles was in Venice to discuss Don’t Worry Darling (and to, as he joked, “spit on Chris Pine”), but on Sunday, the musician and rising film star sat down in Toronto to discuss an entirely different, equally buzzy project in which he plays a leading role.
My Policeman, directed by Michael Grandage and premiering at TIFF on Sunday evening, stars Styles as Tom, a 1950s England police officer who develops feelings for museum curator Patrick (David Dawson).
Tom (Emma Corrin) marries Marion (Emma Corrin), a local schoolteacher whose jealousy has destructive consequences, despite the fact that their relationship is kept secret due to the repressive laws of the time. In the 1990s, the three characters (Linus Roache, Rupert Everett, and Gina McKee, portrayed by Linus Roache, Rupert Everett, and Gina McKee, respectively) are still wracked with remorse but seek to repair the damage caused forty years prior.
Intriguingly, one of Styles’ biggest takeaways from the film was how it touched on the concept of people not making the most of their lives. Styles is clearly juggling a pop megastardom and a burgeoning film career into a limited schedule.
“For me, the reason the story is so devastating is that, ultimately, the entire story is about wasted time, and I believe that wasted time is the most devastating thing,” he said at a press conference a few hours before the world premiere of My Policeman.
Because it is the one variable we cannot influence, he continued. “This is the one thing you can never get back. And I believe the only thing that matters at the end, regardless of the type of life you’ve led, is the time spent with those you love.”
Styles added that the film’s themes — “love and freedom and the search for those things” — were “extremely timeless” and that he was drawn to the fact that people could recognize a part of themselves in each of the characters.
“The most beautiful aspect of the story, in my opinion, is that all of the characters possess both admirable qualities and flaws that we all share as humans, despite our hopes to the contrary,” he said. “And I believe that, at various points in the story, you are able to recognize parts of yourself in different characters, even if they aren’t your favorite. And I believe that’s why it resonated so strongly with me.”
Director Grandage previously stated to The Hollywood Reporter that he believed Styles, like himself, was drawn to the “political aspect” of My Policeman’s narrative.
As a gay man who was born during the depicted era, the film’s director, who was making his second appearance behind the camera, stated that it had an unfortunate poignancy in today’s world, where the progress made since the 1950s is in jeopardy.
“For the first time in my life, I believe it is once again fragile. And I believe this will alert people, hopefully, educate them, and certainly remind them that this is the result of allowing it to be fragile and regress. You reach a point where individuals cannot be themselves and are not free.”
Net Worth of Harry Styles
The English singer, songwriter, and actor Harry Styles has accumulated a net worth of $90 million over the course of his career.
Following the breakup of the boy band One Direction, he has gone on to have a successful career as a solo artist. His initial rise to popularity came as a member of the group.
In the same year that he won the Grammy for Best Pop Solo Performance for the song “Watermelon Sugar,” he was also nominated for the Grammys for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Music Video for the song “Adore You.”