Death in Paradise: Danny John-Jules discusses filming show
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Danny John-Jules played Officer Dwayne Myers up until the eighth season of Death in Paradise. In a candid interview with Express.co.uk, the 61-year-old has now admitted that he had to take a break from the show after feeling like it had run out of steam, ahead of his return in the Christmas special on Boxing Day.
Danny left Death in Paradise in 2018, as his character Dwayne decided to go on an “epic voyage” after being reunited with his long-lost father Nelson (played by Ram John Holder).
Discussing the reasons behind his decision to leave the show after seven years, the actor suggested he felt that it had “hit a wall”.
He said: “From hearing the same questions as I was hearing since series one, I thought, ‘This show’s probably hit a brick wall.’”
“I mean, think about it. I’m answering the same questions as I did the year before, the year before, the year before…
“I thought, ‘Is that it?’ and seven years later I thought, ‘You know what? I just want to get back on stage.’”
After leaving Death in Paradise, Danny went on to star in his one-man show I’ve Gotta Be Me, which was a song and dance-filled portrayal of the life of his showbiz icon, Sammy Davis Jr.
Danny described how he felt some fatigue after answering “the same questions” about his character for years, expressing that he felt his storyline had “gone nowhere”.
When asked about making his big return, the actor quipped: “I was away for four years and, as you can see, nothing happened in four years. So they called me back.”
The star continued: “When I left for four years, I’ll tell you what… I wasn’t in the show for four weeks, four years ago…
“On social media, search #DeathInParadise and see how many times they spoke about me when I wasn’t there.
“I was in the show for seven years and, you know what? I did the same interview for seven years.
“I had the same questions from 100 journalists, so I thought, ‘Okay, it’s time to go’.
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“I think, ‘My character has gone nowhere,’” the star admitted.
Nevertheless, Danny will make a comeback as Dwayne Myers this evening in a festive special episode, which will see the character teamed up with the cheeky Officer Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles).
While he might be returning to the BBC detective show, Danny is also busy preparing to take to the stage once more to perform in a theatrical adaptation of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.
In the show, Danny will play Sir Leigh Teabing – a character made all the more famous in the 2006 film adaptation by legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen.
Speaking about how he was going to approach the role following Sir Ian’s memorable performance, Danny said: “As soon as you say The Da Vinci Code to people, they say ‘Sir Ian McKellen’, as if he’s the only person in the world who could read that script.
“So my thing is to forget everything that’s gone before you, because you are not them, and to approach it like he approached it.
“A blank canvas, and that’s exactly how I’m going to approach it.”
The UK tour of The Da Vinci Code is set to make its theatrical debut on January 10 at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley.
The Death in Paradise Christmas special airs tonight on BBC One.
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