Ben Hardy On Working With Jason Patel in Queer Romance ‘Unicorns’: “Instant” Chemistry

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Ben Hardy revealed that he and co-star Jason Patel had “instant” chemistry working together on their new queer romance ‘Unicorns’ which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

To test their chemistry, directors Sally El Hosaini and James Krishna Floyd asked the two actors to perform some scenes from the script — Hardy as the hardworking single father and Patel as a South Asian drag queen. From there, Hardy said that it was an instant spark.

“I don’t think you can cheat that,” the 32-year-old actor said about having the best — if not perfect — chemistry with your co-actor. “I think it’s either there or it’s not. I’ve done things before, I won’t name them, where I’ve tried to manufacture chemistry and spent a lot of time with people.”

“But I think it is like when you fall in love, sometimes you meet someone, you hit it off and things go from there. I think if you don’t have that on screen, it shows,” Hardy added, but makes a quick clarification that they’re not in love with each other.

“We have such a great friendship now,” Patel said. “We even worked out this morning together.”

Hardy was best known for playing Angel in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ and Queen drummer Roger Taylor in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. On taking the role in ‘Unicorns’, he said that it was something he had never done before, “[S]o I thought it was something that would be a good test for me. Ultimately, I just thought it was an incredibly beautiful story that I wanted to be a part of.”

‘Unicorns’ premiered at the Special Presentations program of the 2023 TIFF which runs from September 7 to September 17.

 

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