My Favourite Movies: Derek Riddell

Hot Corn’s column in which musicians, actors, artists, directors tell us about their favourite movies

Derek Riddell may play nasty characters, but he's a thoroughly nice chap.

Scottish actor Derek Riddell has been a star of the small screen for quite some time now, but can currently be seen as Torquil Travers in the new Fantastic Beasts flick. We recently spoke to the talented performer, as he became the latest star to tell us all about his very favourite movies…

Derek Riddell in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

What’s the first movie you ever fell in love with?

I loved Grease back in the day. Both that and Saturday Night Fever had an impact on me. I’m trying to think of films I saw in that period… Ghostbusters was later, wasn’t it? I loved Ghostbusters as well. Oh let’s say Ghostbusters.

Ghostbusters is a film that a whole generation first fell in love with

What’s the one film you never get tired of watching?

There’s two here. Heat, by Michael Mann, I always watch it if it’s on TV. But equally Midnight Run, as well. Midnight Run particularly is an underrated film, it’s one of Robert De Niro’s finest films and Charles Godin in just incredible in it. As an actor, his performances really are something to behold in that film. People know the film of course, but it still feels below the radar a bit. I just love it.

What a scene. What a movie.

What’s your favourite ever soundtrack?

I love Mark Knopfler’s work in Local Hero, the Bill Forsyth film. That film makes me very proud to be Scottish, and I loved Mark’s soundtrack to that. I find it quite emotional. Reservoir Dogs, as well of course.

Local Hero makes Derek Riddell feel proud to be Scottish. It does the same for us, and we aren’t even Scottish.

What would you say is your guilty pleasure?

I’m trying to think of something that’s really cheesy.

Hmm… Top Gun! Let’s go for that.

Tom Cruise approves of this answer.

What’s the one scene that always makes you cry?

Funnily enough, I’ll go back to Midnight Run. There’s a scene where Robert De Niro goes to see his daughter who he hasn’t seen, and he’s trying to borrow money from his ex-wife, and his daughter comes out to give him some of her pocket money, and he can’t take it, and Charles Godin is looking on. I find it hugely emotional, beautiful performances.

It’s that man De Niro again, in the under-appreciated Midnight Run

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is out in cinemas now

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