Interview with Sam Claflin who plays Jack in the new BBC Two drama series White Heat.
Jack is a rebel seeking a cause. A kind of latter day Jack Kerouac, iconoclastic, idealistic and dangerously charismatic. There is a restless rage in him, born, he claims from social injustice he sees all around him but he is also propelled by unresolved demons of a more personal nature.
Born into privilege Jack feels he is part of an antiquated class system which is synonymous with oppression and inequality. He prefers Che Guevara to Churchill any day. Jack is like a magnet which attracts disaster and intense passion in equal measures.
Jack carries the political heart of the drama and is pivotal to the destiny of all the characters – particularly Lilly and Charlotte.