Arthur Shelby’s fights could have been even more violent (Picture: BBC/IMDB)
Peaky Blinders didn’t exactly hold back on violence across the series, with the Shelby family getting into all sorts of scraps, brawls, and shootouts.
Dean Forster was the stunt coordinator for various episodes, and explained that Paul, who plays the more volatile Shelby brother opposite Cillian Murphy’s Tommy, was the actor most keen to take on his own stunts.
‘He’s quite a method actor, so he wants to get involved,’ Dean recalled.
‘We actually, with our stunt coordinator Gordon [Seed], put together a fight that was really nasty, it was really, really violent.
‘We filmed it on our iPhones, sent it to the director, and the director went, “Nope, don’t like it, it’s not scripted like that” [… ] so we had to change this really violent, violent fight, where he basically breaks my neck, into what was scripted.’
Paul Anderson was the actor most keen to get involved in stunts (Picture: BBC)
Dean went on: ‘The [fight] we rehearsed and really, really liked, we were on the floor scrabbling – I’m going to get the gun and [Arthur] comes behind me and he literally bends me in half and it looks like he snaps my back and it looked really, really violent because I just fell dead on the floor.’
Arthur has had no shortage of fights throughout Peaky Blinders, with viewers cheering him on the whole way.
Meanwhile, with fans living in hope that they won’t have to wait too long to see him back in action in series six, actor Paul recently teased that it might be coming sooner than we think.
Dean stunt coordinated various episodes of the wildly popular drama (Picture: IMDB)
Taking to Instagram with some fan art created of his character, the star wrote: ‘Season 6 #comingfknsoon thanking you all for the wait, it will will be worth it’.
In the cartoon drawing, Arthur is seen with a mopey look as he smokes a cigarette with a glass of whiskey – so good to know things aren’t changing that drastically by the looks of it.
Arthur was left in a bad way at the end of season five, with his wife Linda leaving him as their relationship hit breaking point and his violent streak continued to get out of control – resulting in him horrifically beating a Quaker she’d befriended.
The series, set between the end of the first and start of the second World Wars, sees the family’s fight for power begin to tear them apart.
Peaky Blinders season one to five is available to stream on Netflix.
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