Downton Abbey star Douglas Reith has opened up about delaying the premiere date of the sequel, A New Era. Speaking to HELLO! at the premiere of the much-anticipated new installment of the beloved franchise, he spoke about the importance of seeing it in the cinema.
He explained: "I’m quite sure you’ll enjoy it, it has more elements than the last one, it’s very funny and there’s drama and there’s pathos. I would defy anyone to leave the theatre without thinking it’s a transportive experience. And very important to see on the big screen… You’re seeing it with other people, you’re enjoying the experience and that’s what drama is all about.
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"Netflix is great, Amazon Prime is great, but you’re watching on your computer or television and it’s not the same."
When asked if ensuring that it would have a cinema release was the reason behind the film’s three-month delayed release date, he explained: "I think that’s part of it.'
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"I also think filming during a pandemic, so many films had been mothballed and so many were coming out at the same time, they probably thought, 'If we push it onto spring it’ll get a better reception.' It’s fairly sensible I think from the point of view of Universal."
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The actor also opened up about attending the glam red carpet event, saying: "It’s very much part of our job to be gracious, we’re only here because of you… I love it, I think it’s necessary for us to do this, we’re just people, like everybody else!"
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