'Surprising' Dan Stevens emerges in film after 'Abbey'
Dan Stevens' Downton Abbey heartthrob character Matthew Crawley died in a car crash at the end of 2013’s season 3.
Now the British actor is shedding his Abbey past — and a lot more — in a number of image-bending film roles.
In The Guest (due out Sept. 17) he plays a mysterious soldier with an American accent in a role that earned plaudits at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in January. In June, a trailer dropped for the thriller, which showed Stevens wielding a handgun, smoking and looking smoking hot in a post-shower scene.
"The eyebrows were definitely raised by people used to seeing me in Downton Abbey form,” says Stevens, 31. “I’m enjoying surprising people in all sorts of ways.”
Stevens will continue the menace with A Walk Among the Tombstones with Liam Neeson (Sept. 19), where he plays a drug trafficker. He’s just wrapped Criminal Activities with Michael Pitt, due out next summer. He also started production on The Ticket, where he stars as a blind man who regains his sight, but turns entirely superficial.
For a change of pace, Stevens shows a very silly side as Sir Lancelot in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (Dec. 19),a part he worked hard to grab.
"Everything about it made me think, ‘I’m going to have a go at this.’ I have this mad character that I used to break out for friends that represented a lot of things I found very funny," he says. "I thought I’d give it a try with Lancelot."
He showed it to director Shawn Levy who signed him up. Levy says Stevens’ goofy portrayal “damn near steals the movie.”
Stevens says he’s enjoying the new ride, even when he was saddled with riding a horse in full armor through the rain in famous Trafalgar Square. Londoners were able to see the new, surprisingly comedic Stevens firsthand.
"It was very strange to sit on the horse and watch double-decker buses go by," says Stevens. "The rest of London was going about its business while some idiot was on his horse in a full suit of armor."