How filming bare for weeks helped ‘Sandman’s’ Tom Sturridge

Tom Sturridge is a dream. Because the star of Netflix’s “The Sandman,” an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved comedian ebook collection, Sturridge stepped into seemingly uncastable footwear because the lean, angst-ridden (and rightly so after being imprisoned in a glass sphere for over a century) embodiment of desires, Lord Morpheus (a.ok.a. Dream). Now Sturridge, 36, finest identified for Tony-nominated stage performances in “Orphans” and “Sea Wall/A Life,” is a severe participant in a unique awards season. He spoke with The Envelope about his infinite time in that sphere, his appearing household and passing on the appearing bug to the following era.

You’re about to dive into your first New York Comedian Con. Is that this the sort of occasion you might need gone to earlier than being the star of “The Sandman”?

It’s doable. I’m somebody who’s comparatively overwhelmed with giant teams of individuals, so I might’ve appreciated to have an ally who talked me via it and launched me to the principles of the sport. However the factor I like a lot about “Sandman” is the best way it connects with folks. It’s in contrast to something I’ve ever achieved earlier than: The extent of change of communication with followers is so rigorously attention-grabbing and deep, and I’m excited to proceed that dialogue.

What was it concerning the character of Dream that drew you to him?

He’s not a Homeric classical heroic — by which, I imply somebody whose intention is at all times to do good. His intention is to do proper by his obligations, that are very particular to the unconscious of the universe. What’s lovely concerning the story of “Sandman” can be the household he’s part of, the Infinite. They battle towards one another in ways in which a standard household does, which makes it relatable.

Tom Sturridge as Dream in “The Sandman.”


Within the first elements of “Sandman,” you needed to spend a lot of your time imprisoned in a glass sphere. Did that provide help to get into the character?

As a human being, in case you are really put in a glass field and stored there — for me, let’s say, the 4½ weeks that we shot that sequence — you possibly can start to really feel precisely how the character feels in a approach that’s far more particular.

Have been you absolutely bodily enclosed throughout these sequences?

Yeah, as a result of to interrupt up the sphere took a few half-hour. So I might sit there, and for lengthy stretches of the day it was actually a meditative contemplative time. Particularly because you’re bare as nicely, which on the opening days of a shoot is a stunning welcome to the crew.


I discovered numerous yogic positions that might enable everybody else to not really feel ridiculous. However from a efficiency viewpoint, the physicality of that — it provided me a possibility, which you don’t usually get, to discover a method to talk with an viewers a few character with out talking.

Within the present, you look extremely just like the drawings of Dream within the unique graphic novel/comics of “Sandman.” Is {that a} unusual idea to you?

From my perspective, that offers me confidence. However past that, it’s harmful for us to at all times take consolation in any kind of bodily connection between the photographs in a comic book ebook and the actors who play them, as a result of I believe we all know it’s not about the best way you look — it’s concerning the soul that you just convey to it.

Present enterprise runs within the Sturridge household — your father, Charles, is a director, your mom, Phoebe Nicholls, and your sister Matilda are actors. And so was your grandfather, Anthony Nicholls. Did you ever entertain the thought of not going into present enterprise?

My mom stopped working as an actress when she had her kids and solely began once more after I was in my early 20s. It wasn’t a giant a part of my childhood. However I believe each time our mother and father do any job, you assume that job is feasible [for you], versus — like, for me, the thought of being an appellate lawyer within the Supreme Court docket. I’ve no connection to that world, nevertheless it’s one thing I might supremely wish to do.

So have you ever not determined you’re sticking with this appearing enterprise? That lawyering may nonetheless occur?

I believe determining what to do along with your life is never linked to your vocation. However I actually do care about appearing. It has introduced some extraordinary experiences, and it frequently provides the chance to be in areas with people who find themselves cleverer than you’re. I wish to at all times be taught from folks.

You could have a daughter with Sienna Miller who’s about 10 now. What could be your response if she got here to you and mentioned she wished to get into appearing?

The world I care about is theater, and it’s essentially the most thrilling and thrilling method to discover the job. I don’t know what I might say to her, if I’m sincere. The one factor I’m consistently shocked by with parenting is how I consistently assume or behave in a sure approach, and I’ve an concept of what I’m going to say — and the second I’m confronted with the truth of this particular person and the best way they react to the world, I’m confounded. Perhaps I’m not the very best particular person to offer recommendation.