Lennie James is one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood. Known for his performance as Morgan in AMC’s The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead, James reaches into the viewers soul and take them on an emotional journey. The beauty of James’ acting is to make each and every performance (no matter how different the character may be) relatable.
His talent is also shown in his writing as James has crafted a superb BAFTA Television Craft Award award-winning show in Peacock’s Save Me and Save Me Too (the show’s second season). Serving also as the creator/writer, James brings forth the beauty and pain of life in London.
Set in the backdrop of working-class, inner-city London, the show follows Nelly, played by James, “a down-and-out, sofa surfing womaniser” who finds his world turned upside down when cops arrive at his doorstep to arrest him on suspicion of kidnapping a daughter, Jody McGory (Indeyarna Donaldson-Holness), he fathered (but never raised) 13 years ago. Suddenly, he finds himself traversing the dark side of London where the lives of young girls and others are at stake.
As Nelly, James becomes a man determined to discover his daughter’s whereabouts, taking him deeper into the world of of kidnapping, human trafficking, abuse and death.
The show is a haunting thriller that will make anyone thinks twice about the false comfort they live in and the friendly smile of others.
In Save Me Too, Nelly is out for redemption as a man who was never a father to Jody and a man without a conscience who never reached his full potential. As the show continues the viewer can’t help but wonder “does he even deserve forgiveness?” “Does one courageous act outshine a lifetime of regret?”
The Koalition spoke to James about creating Nelly’s world, his writing process and the changes to Nelly as new potential suspects are revealed and long-buried secrets unearthed.
James’ brilliant Save Me and Save Me Too is available to stream now.
As always, make sure you check out our I Am Negan Podcast where we break down each episode of Fear The Walking Dead.
Check out our interview above.