While some critics will no doubt write that Thewlis is the heir apparent to Hopkins, Day-Lewis and Jeremy Irons, he's really part of a new breed of British actors. He started out in a punk band, hails from the north and isn't so concerned with "polish." His next role: a psycho killer in "Prime Suspect III," to be seen on television next spring.
"That's the nature of the country right now, really -- there's a lot of dislocated, angry people now. I don't come into contact with the characters played by Jeremy Irons and Anthony Hopkins in my life. The world of 'Naked' is much closer to the world I live in.