Toronto: Ed Skrein on How Badly He Wanted Role in Nicholas Hoult’s Dark Comedy ‘Kill Your Friends’ (Video)

“I would have walked on and just been an extra in the background,” the star of “The Transporter: Refueled” tells TheWrap’s Jeff Sneider about the film based on cult novel

Last Updated: September 13, 2015 @ 1:27 PM

In director Owen Harris’ dark comedy “Kill Your Friends,” Nicholas Hoult plays a ruthless young music executive in 1997 London.

“It really was a kind of fall-of-Rome time,” John Niven, whose semi-autobiographical novel is the basis for the film, told TheWrap’s Jeff Sneider at the Toronto Film Festival. “We were making an incredible amount of money and we were all very young and learned some very poor decision-making — but a lot of fun.”

Niven’s 2008 novel has become a cult favorite in the U.K. — particularly for a young generation that includes co-star Ed Skrein (“The Transporter Refueled”).

“I would have walked on and just been an extra in the background,” he said.

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Jeff Sneider is a 2006 graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. An aspiring screenwriter, he holds a BFA in Dramatic Writing. He started his career writing film reviews on Ain't It Cool News, and continues to contribute reviews to the Colorado Springs Independent. Jeff spent two years as a writer/editor for Variety, and has also written for Hollywood Life, the MTV Movies Blog, Thompson on Hollywood and Examiner.com. In September 2006, Jeff was knocked out by director Uwe Boll in a boxing match/publicity stunt that has since become a footnote in pop culture history. He has appeared in Michael Addis' documentary “Heckler” and on HBO's “Entourage,” and is proud to have briefly worked as a production assistant on “The Departed.” He enjoys playing basketball and volleyball and his favorite movie is “Pulp Fiction.” Jeff maintains a personal awards season blog, TheInSneider (www.theinsneider.blogspot.com).