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‘The Irishman’ actor Stephen Graham discusses his suicide attempt

Stephen Graham, the British actor who stars in the new Martin Scorsese film The Irishman alongside the likes of Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, has revealed his past battles with depression.

The actor, whose work ethic has been prolific in recent years, also appears in films such as Hellboy and Rocketman this year, has roles popular television shows Line of Duty and The Virtues which have proved immensely popular.

In The Virtues, Graham plays the role of an alcoholic who is struggling to contain his battles with addiction. When discussing his attempts to get into the mindset for the character, Graham, who is now teetotal, revealed that he attempts to channel as much sincerity as he can. “I really wanted to capture as honestly as possible the decision to take that first drink,” he told The Sunday Times.

Detailing further, Graham explained that he himself has struggled with personal issues: “Just press the button and go. In my early twenties, I suffered from really bad depression and tried to take my own life once. Thankfully, the rope snapped and I’m here today.”

He added: “But I know the loneliness, isolation and feeling you can’t cope in the world, so it wasn’t a big stretch.”

See trailers for both The Irishman and The Virtues, below.

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