Back to Black star Eddie Marsan unveils his newly-dyed dark hair (2024)

Back to Black starEddie Marsandebuted his newly-dyed dark hair during an appearance on Lorraine on Thursday.

The English actor, 55, who plays Mitch in the biopic released in cinemas on Friday, ditched his silver tresses and opted for a new look as he promoted the new film.

Eddie cut a dapper figure in a dark grey suit and black shirt as hejoined host Christine Lampard to discuss his latest role playing Amy Winehouse's dad Mitch in the controversial Back to Black film.

Opening up about meetings that he had with Mitch before filming, to better understand him and his character, Eddie said: 'I got him to give me photographs of his family, of his childhood.

'To give me a playlist of his favourite music, to work out what his aftershave was. He even recorded 'Fly Me to the Moon' for me because I have to sing it in the film.

Back to Black star Eddie Marsan debuted his newly-dyed dark hair during an appearance on Lorraine on Thursday

The English actor, 55, who plays Mitch in the biopic released in cinemas on Friday, ditched his silver tresses and opted for a new look as he promoted the new film

'There was a really heartbreaking thing, when he recorded 'Fly Me to the Moon', at the end of it he said 'There you go, love you'... I've got four teenage children and whenever they leave the house I say, 'Love you' and that's how I talk to my kids… Someone recently described grief as love with nowhere to go and I thought to myself, 'Oh my god. This is a man, full of love, with nowhere to go'.

He added: 'I know that Amy, because of her brilliance, had a profound effect on the whole of society and we have an ownership of her. But, sometimes we forget that she was somebody's daughter and this is a family that's lost their child.'

The talented singer died of alcohol poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27.

Discussing her death, Eddie said: 'I think the reason it was so painful for the country when she died, is that in order to deal with that pain, they had to find someone to blame because that's how you deal with trauma.

'You try to make sense of it. But we all know that addiction doesn't work like that. Addiction is arbitrary, and it's cruel and it's easy to blame someone - it's easy to blame her husband Blake, it's easy to blame Mitch, but we all know families where there's loving parents and yet one child suffers with addiction because that's the nature of addiction. Blame never saved anybody's life.'

Keen to reveal the real story about Amy, Eddie said: 'In many ways we don't know the story. What we know is the narrative that was perpetuated, but we don't really know the story. If you were to spend the night with Amy's family and friends like I did, you realise that there's a whole different story to come along.

Eddie cut a dapper figure in a dark grey suit and black shirt as he joined host Christine Lampard to discuss his latest role playing Amy Winehouse's dad Mitch in the controversial Back to Black film

Opening up about meetings that he had with Mitch before filming, to better understand him and his character, Eddie said: 'I got him to give me photographs of his family, of his childhood.'

The English actor, 55, who plays Mitch Winehouse in the biopic (pictured with Marisa Abela as Amy) instead said that addiction should be viewed as the 'main villain'

'There's a great scene in the film where Amy says 'I am not a Spice Girl'. She had that self autonomy, that self volition and the idea to be independent and yet, when she died, the narrative was 'She's a victim'. If she would have been a victim, if she would have been controlled that much, she would have been a Spice Girl.

'She would have been manipulated by the media, and she wasn't - she was independent and unique.'

Fans have been left divided by a clip of Amy actress Marisa Abela's singing voice in the film, with some joking the singing scenes are so 'offensive' that 'criminal charges should be brought against the film's makers.'

But Eddie hit back at the criticism, saying: 'The difficulty is you don't want to do an impression, Marisa talks about this – she didn't want to do an impression of Amy she wanted to bring the emotional and psychological authenticity of it.

'But you're not doing a Mike Yarwood, you're trying to honour a story in the emotional context and that’s the most challenging thing.'

The role is not Eddie's first in a musical style, as it was revealed he was first discovered in a night club when he was scouted as an extra from the 1987 crime thriller Empire State.

Back To Black sees Marisa, 27, play Amy while actor Jack O'Connell , 33, plays her widower Blake Fielder-Civil.

Lesley Manville CBE, 68, also stars in the film as Amy's mother Cynthia Winehouse.

Speaking about the pressure of filming Back to Black, which director Sam Taylor-Johnson said is told using Amy's own diaries, Eddie said the public have an idea of who she was

The film, which has been endorsed by Mitch, has drawn outrage from the singer's pals who slammed it for it's 'ghoulish' depictions of the star's drug addiction and also filming her funeral.

Blake, who was wed to the singer between 2007 and 2009, previously admitted introducing her to heroin and is seen by many of her fans as partly responsible for her death from alcohol poisoning.

In the trailer, Amy declares she wants to be known for more than her singing and her desperation to be a mother, before sadly dying childless.

In one emotional scene she describes Blake as 'her life and soul' before their on/off relationship inspires her to write the iconic track Back To Black.

Last year Blake said he'd have done 'almost everything differently' in their relationship as he marked what would have been Amy's 40th birthday.

Watch Lorraine weekdays from 9am on ITV1 & ITVX.

Back To Back is released in UK cinemas on Friday April 12.

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Back to Black star Eddie Marsan unveils his newly-dyed dark hair (2024)

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