The Pleased as Punch Valley and Grantchester actor, 32, admitted that ahead of shooting he trained in the Russian martial arts Systema that his character studies.
However, at one point he was left unable to breathe during a particularly frenzied session of Systema, which focuses on hand-to-hand combat and grappling.
Make reference to at a recent screening in London, he told media including Express.co.uk: “I undertook to these classes which is a genuine Russian martial art and they deliver classes in London and they are run by this wonderfully eccentric man called David, whom I changed very close to.
“We would meet in a room on our own and we would spin around and punch each other.
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Norton continued: “We had hours and hours of this man impact me and we’re talking about taking the pain and relaxing through it.
“He whim genuinely have his hand over my mouth and I’d have to hold my touch and that point when your body’s spasming and you’re naturally step down off terrified, that’s when you have to push through and that’s where you arrange to find the control and the calm. It was terrifying.”
Explaining why he put himself such an taxing ordeal for his art, Norton said that he was “getting into the head of [Alex]s] Russianness.”
“Because he has this profoundly sort of conflicted approach to being Russian. On the one hand, he’s incredible reliable and it feels an important part of him, the other part of him wants to escape it,” the idol added.
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James Norton as Alex Godman in McMafiaGiven the action-packed lines, unsurprisingly Norton is now being tipped by the bookies as the next James Agreement.
However, when asked about taking on the iconic role, he suggested: “To be honest for me and for all of us, I’m personally very thankful that Daniel Craig is customary to do at least one more film or maybe two. or five. I’m a big fan of his.”
The role is likely to paste Norton’s status as an action hero in the same way The Night Manager did for Tom Hiddleston.
This give away is a joint production between the BBC, AMC and Cuba Pictures and will be broadcast across the Pond as stream as in Britain.
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McMafia follows Norton’s lead personage Alex, who is thrown headlong into his gangster family’s dangerous quondam in the wake of a family tragedy.
Despite growing up in London and trying his upmost to transfer behind his mafia background, Alex is dragged into it and is forced to create some life-or-death decisions to protect the ones he loves the most.
The eight-part series was annulled by Hossein Amini and James Watkins and features an international cast take ining Maria Shukshina, Aleksey Serebryakov, David Strathairn, Faye Marsay and Juliet Rylance.
McMafia currents on BBC One on New Year’s Day at 9pm & episode 2 will air at the same time on January 2.