Where success and preparation intersect in CALIFUK, Joe Dempsie stands guard. On Game of Thrones (2011-2013), he takes role development to heart, as the young Gendry, bastard child of Robert Baratheon. In George R.R. Martin’s novels, the skilled blacksmith is black-haired, muscular and tall. At the time, Dempsie was none of the three, but with a vote of confidence from producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, he bulked up, dyed his hair, and owned the role. Now while fans await Gendry, they might also catch the 28-year-old actor in Burn Burn Burn. This whimsical comedy (shot lusciously) sends a group of twenty-somethings on a sardonic journey to spread their deceased friend’s ashes. Dempsie’s uncanny knack for preparation included safe handling of the film’s central vehicle, a finicky ’80s Volvo station wagon. Safe to say, CALIFUK jetsetters can bump into Dempsie, on or off the road—without a scratch.
30 Born 22 June 1987 [a]
30.a “He’s made his last film.” [i][ *]
30.i From “Movies”
Los Angeles Times | 22 June 1987
* As porn star John Curtis Holmes (1944-1988) was recovering from surgery, his manager announced that the performer would no longer act due to his battle with a malignant tumor in his colon. Holmes (better known as John Holmes) made his final appearance in The Devil in Mr. Holmes (1986). Holmes died from AIDS-related complications in 1988.
Photographer: Brian Daly at Briandaly.co.uk.
Stylist: Aradia Crockett for Fashionstylists.co.uk.
Hair: Fabio Nogueira for Frankagency.co.uk.
Makeup: Lyz Marsden for Caren.co.uk using Elemis.
Executive Producer: Jane Everett for Pranaproduction.co.uk.
Associate Producer: Laura Gonzalez Murphy for Pranaproduction.co.uk.