Harry Styles Details Playing a Closeted Gay Man in ‘My Policeman’
On Sunday, Harry Styles attended the Toronto International Film Festival for the ‘My Policeman’ world premiere. Styles spoke at a press conference prior to the screening and explained how he played the part of Tom, a secret gay police officer.
In the 1950s drama, Styles is paired with David Dawson (Patrick), a museum director whom Tom is secretly seeing, and Emma Corrin (Marion), his wife.
Regarding his character Tom, Styles stated, “I think he’s very curious. I believe that he was born into a very small world, and if you are born into that type of environment, you feel as though you are aware of the edge of the entire world. I believe he is gradually coming to terms with the fact that it is a little farther away than Brighton as the novel progresses. Harry Styles believes that people spend their entire lives in these kinds of tiny bubbles, and if that is how they were brought up and everyone around them, including their parents and generations before them, has lived in the same small bubble, it is obviously very difficult to even picture the outside world.
Styles continued, “I believe he finds himself kind of curious about such things when he meets someone like [his lover] Patrick, who is well-traveled and enjoys art. It’s kind of odd for him to be curious about things, but it’s feeding his curiosity. I believe he also finds a friend who is ultimately the most accepting of him, and regardless of how you feel about their relationship, I believe their friendship is really genuine, loving, and tender.
The cast of My Policeman was presented with the TIFF Tribute Award for Performance. This was the first time an entire cast had done so.
My Policeman will open in cinemas on October 21 and go live on Prime Video on November 4.