Helen McCrory Finds Peaky Blinders So 'Disgustingly Violent' She Struggles To Watch It
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Some of you might find the action in Peaky Blinders a little brutal at times, but it's not like it should come as a surprise, given that the whole series is based on the thuggish doings of a Birmingham crime gang.
However, it turns out even the stars have to look away from the 'disturbing' action sometimes, with actor Helen McCrory admitting she often finds it all a bit much.
Discussing the first episode of the fifth season, which drops on Sunday 25 August, McCrory - who plays Tommy Shelby's aunt, Polly Gray - told the Press Association: "It is very violent and it's really horrible and you should look away.
"I've only seen episode one, and there's a whole bit... We saw the screening in Birmingham, for fans who managed to get lottery tickets."
She continued: "I look away from the screen. I, as Helen, can't watch it. I think it's disgusting, gratuitous violence. It is... no, not gratuitous - disgustingly violent.
"But it is. And it should be. I think it's much more disturbing than somebody slashes somebody's face or somebody shoots somebody and it's all just the end of it."
Explaining that she believes the show illustrates how violent people often can't escape the consequences of their actions, she added: "It should be horrifying and you should have the people who are responsible for the violence unable to self-medicate or having mental health problems, or all the things that do happen to people, if you kill other people.
"Because it is not a natural state of affairs. And anybody who looks at the violence of Peaky Blinders and thinks: 'That exactly is what I want to do'. I mean, sick."
When we last saw Birmingham's most powerful family, the Shelbys, they had just managed to fight off the Sicilian mafia and their patriarch Tommy had been elected Member of Parliament for Birmingham South.
For the new series, we'll see his foray into the political world, and according to the series synopsis, audiences will see a world 'thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929'.
"Opportunity and misfortune are everywhere," the summary explains.
"When Tommy Shelby MP is approached by a charismatic politician with a bold vision for Britain, he realises that his response will affect not just his family's future but that of the entire nation."
Peaky Blinders returns to the BBC on Sunday 25 August.