Oliver Barry-Brook is a young British actor whose first acting role was in the family drama The Boy with Chocolate Fingers, (2011) and the BBC’s Big School, (2013) starring British comedians – David Walliams and Catherine Tate. Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism is his first feature film.
Oliver Barry-Brook was a find, and perfect for Gordon. He threw himself into the part, covering his face in tomato sauce in the pasta scene and dancing brilliantly in the Briersville talent competition. He really does play the bully well and is very convincing when he pushes Rocky about.
Interview with Oliver Barry-Brook
Q: How did you start acting?
A: I started acting from a baby. My mum was teaching Drama at lots of different drama schools and she used to take me with her. I would sit in my baby seat and just soaked it all up. I did my first job when I was 1 year old – it was a commercial for nappies, very embarrassing!
Q: Why do you love acting?
A: I love acting because I always have fun and get to meet lots of interesting people. We always have lots of banter!
Q: How did you feel when you got the part in Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism?
A: I hadn’t read the books, so wasn’t sure what it was, but as soon as I did, I was very excited. The thought of working with lots of kids and being a bully was very exciting as I normally get to play ‘nice guys’.
Q: Were you ever scared or nervous on set?
A: No, I always love being on set and feel very comfortable and confident. I know it’s always fun – and Molly Moon really was. I didn’t stop laughing.
Q: Do you think you are quite similar to Gordon?
(This is a difficult question for you, Oliver, as you are so nice..! of course an easy question for the kids who had the good guy parts!).
A: No! I don’t think so, but my Mum might not agree. I would never bully people and I wouldn’t have to be in a group of two other bullies to speak my mind to someone.
Q: If you weren’t acting in the film, what other process would you liked to have been involved with?
A: I would like to direct one day, as I would like to pass on my knowledge. It would be exciting to be the boss of the movie. I drive my family mad when we go to the theatre, as I always say “Why didn’t they do it further down stage?”. When we go to the cinema, I give the films marks out of ten!
Q: Did you do anything to prepare for the role of Gordon?
A: I just thought evil thoughts! Ha ha. I liked having my hair done every morning – it felt like cement.
Also, having my knuckles painted with ‘King Gord’.
Q: What was your favourite moment or thing that happened whilst filming?
A: I loved it when we (with Hazel and Roger) performed the rap in the talent contest. That was brilliant fun.
Q. Did anything really funny happen to you on set?
A: We all had to sit round a table at the orphanage and eat loads of cold spaghetti! It was gross, but so much fun! I don’t think I’ve eaten it since!