How FHM became a Hollywood star (kind of)
An interview with Reg Traviss, the director
Hello Reg. Great to talk again. It's been too long. Didn't you see our calls? Receive our texts? What happened to our scene, man? The shot in the shoulder? We thought that was classic stuff?
[At this point the line went dead. Then the PR called and said perhaps we should just stick to the business of interviewing Reg about the film.]
Come on then, Reg. What's Screwed all about?
It’s about this fella who’s spent most of his twenties in the army, his girlfriend’s pregnant so he’s about to leave the army and come home. Then, on the last hour of his tour, everything goes wrong and he ends up blaming himself for the death of his best mate.
When he’s home he experiences a sense of detachment from his service mates and that kind of thing. He needs to get a job and his missus suggests prison service because it’s suitable for ex-soldiers and service people. He goes in hoping to find a sense of brotherhood like he had in the army and he finds it. But then it turns out that the screws that he’s involved with are all corrupt; he’s not, but he ends up getting pulled into that.
What's your favourite scene? That one where we get shot? Oh, no, 'spose not...
Ah see now you’ve got me, that’s really difficult. See I have a real soft spot for war, I kind of want to say Iraq. But the prison riot was great as well, that was really intense. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't cowboys and indians. But yeah, prison riot, Iraq. Yeah, I’d say those two.
Was the riot hard to film? We heard you had over 100 extras involved...
The riot was the thing I was most scared about, but in the end it was the easiest to shoot, it literally just flowed. In the script it just says "a riot kicks off". When it came to doing the riot scene they were all really looking forward to it and I think that sort of atmosphere and that energy probably helped, because everyone was bang up for it.
What do you want people to think when they watch Screwed?
Firstly I want them to think "wow, I never thought about that regarding a prison officer". Some of the stuff is quite eye-opening. It’s not an exposé or critique of the prison service at all, but I would like people to think, "I never even gave prison officers a second thought, I just saw them as cardboard cut-outs in uniforms, but that’s really made me think about screws". That’s really what I want them to think when they watch it. You know, about that way of life, about that job and about who they are.
Cool. Cheers Reg. Give us a shout for your next film, yeah?
[The line went dead again.]
Also available from FHM
We have teamed up with 888games to offer you FHM Casino. New members will receive £12 totally free (no deposit needed) to try the site. There really is nothing to lose…join here
Girlfriends! Flirting! Sex!
If what you want is to meet your next girlfriend - or just a nice-looking lady to have some undercovers fun with - then look no further than FHM Single Girls.
More collections in Entertainment
The five biggest console releases of 2009
Brace your thumbs. It’s another killer year for gaming
Ten gadgets we (and the world) forgot
A goodbye was what these gadgets deserved long ago
Ten remakes that beat the originals
Not just better – much better
Ten movies not to be missed in 2009
Reschedule weddings. Cancel bar mitzvahs. Fuck funerals
The Specials! Franz! Dre! Your soundtrack to ‘09
We’ve weeded out the tripe so you don’t have to
The 20 best adverts of 2008
Every genuinely funny ad from the past 12 months
The London Astoria’s ten best gigs
They’ve shut it down, but they can’t destroy the good times
Ten cinematic Nazis who brim with pure evil
Tom Cruise not included. Because he's rubbish
The FHM Top 10 celebrity meltdowns
Those high-fliers have so far to fall
Remember these? The 25 ad jingles you NEVER forgot
See the ad, buy the product and sing the jingle forever...
The 10 scariest games of all time
Be afraid. Be very afraid
The 10 coolest movie speeches ever uttered
If only all these actors were in one mega-movie...
FHM’s festival preview: better than all the others
There are fields everywhere to get bollocksed in
Ten films that only make real sense after the pub
When you’ve had a skinful, only certain films will do
FHM’s 100 Greatest Games of All Time
We salute the best games ever made...
10 films that should've been good. But weren't
The ones which let us down in a big way
The 10 best movie heists of all time
Stealing: officially big and clever
Twelve golden TV sex moments
They shaped our young lives. And the contours of our pants
Double acts: FHM's top 10 famous duos
Double acts: we take a look back at the 10 best famous duos in film, television, and pretty much everything in pop...
The 10 best British TV shows of 2009
Sod The Wire, British TV is the real deal
FHM’s guide to your soundtrack of 2010
One year, 12 artists, an infinite number of good times
Ten of the best… comedians
Spurious claim alert: comedians are the new rock stars. Justification of spurious claim: in the absence of anyone in...
FHM checks out Wall Street
When most people notice a film is coming out their reaction is something like “That looks good, I definitely want to...
Classic lip smackers
There’s great food and then there’s the kind of food that makes you sad inside. When you are full, but your...
FHM (and Ian Woosnam) take on America at golf
At 3.23pm on Monday the 4th of October 2010, FHM was sitting in this very office, nervously watching the small flat...
FHM’s Top Ten iTunes Festival gigs
Even if you’re not lucky enough to bag tickets, you can stream most of the gigs live on iTunes. Or just read our irreverent...
How FHM became a Hollywood star (kind of)
It’s 4am, it’s pitch black, and a half-asleep FHM is squeezing his car between a Sherman tank and a palm tree. This...
See behind the scenes at FHM in ITV2 show The Exclusives
We're appearing on ace new ITV2 show, The Exclusives, where you can have a gander at what goes on in FHM towers...
FHM and Jägermeister hit the road
FHM are teaming up with legendary drinks people Jägermeister for the road trip of a lifetime and we need your...
How to win at life with the best of FHMManFood
Our American steak-searing, bacon-loving, chicken-stuffing food pro DJ BBQ gives you the meaty intel that will take...
22 comics that should be given the Sin City movie treatment
As exclusive character pictures of the next Sin City instalment are released, FHM looks at 22 other mindblowing comics...
What happened when FHM spent 48 hours with former EDL Leader Tommy Robinson
Controversial EDL Leader Tommy Robinson has today announced he's leaving the political group. Here's what happened...
Guns, brothels and football: If Snoop Dogg was president...
Snoop Dogg/Lion has changed his name again, to Snoopzilla. Here's what happened when we met the man to talk "painting...
The 10 scariest movies of all time as voted by an audience hooked up to heart monitors
The top 10 scariest movies of all time, as voted by the users of Play.com....
Jay Z's Run This Town and 10 other songs that aren't quite as original as they sound
Everyone's favourite Beyonce lovin' rap star, Jay Z, has sparked the wrath of a record label who reckon he's sampled...
“Playing Mandela was without a doubt the hardest work I’ve ever done": FHM speaks to Idris Elba
FHM met Mandela star and Britain's most important actor, Idris Elba...
The sexiest pop starlets to be nominated at this year's Brits
The Brits are nearly here again, meaning a solid round-up of homegrown talent getting drunk and showing why we're awesome...
10 actors who would be amazing in the next series of True Detective
As HBO's True Detective comes to an end stateside (and for the legions of people watching it on the internet) we look...