Q. Did you bring any first-hand experiences of wedding day disasters to your role?
Martin Freeman: Nothing that fed into the film. I couldn’t get through a reading once. I was asked to do a reading at a wedding not that long ago but couldn’t get through it because I was crying. It was really embarrassing but it was a genuinely emotional piece – the pre-nup. No it wasn’t! It was impossible to get through, I just kept having to stop and my voice kept going. Eventually one of my brothers had to come over and put his hand on my shoulder while I did it. It took me about 20 minutes to get through something that should have taken one. What made it harder is that I think people may have thought, “oh you’re an actor, you can do it”. And so the fear became: “Oh, he’s an actor, he’s being a luvvy. It’s almost like he’s auditioning.” But I do cry at weddings so I wouldn’t do a reading again, for sure.