The Rig interview: Martin Compston and Emily Hampshire

The Rig interview: Martin Compston and Emily Hampshire

Click play above to watch our exclusive video interview with the cast of The Rig

Take in the thrilling offshore drama from guard and add the supernatural element of stranger things and you have something similar the rig, get to Prime video in the new year.

The epic six-part series follows a crew aboard an oil rig stationed off the Scottish coast in the perilous waters of the North Sea.

But when they are about to return to the mainland, a mysterious and enveloping fog causes tremors on the oil rig – cutting off all communications with the outside world.

The Rig features a cast including native Scots Martin Kompston (exercise of duty), Iain Glen (game of Thrones) and Mark Bonnar (Unforgotten), as well as Doctor Who’s Rochenda Sandall and Canadian actress Emily Hampshire (Schitt’s Creek).

The Amazon Original series was filmed at FirstStage Studios in Leith, Edinburgh in Spring 2021, with some offshore scenes in nearby Leith Harbor being shot by drone cameras.

Only speak to BT TVCompston, who plays communications officer Fulmer Hamilton above, told us he was involved in some of his own stunts on set — including one that actually involved setting him on fire.

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“I was set on fire! It was a really interesting day,” Compston recalled.

“Stunt people are amazing, they’re there to protect us, but when it comes to big stunts, as soon as you cut to the long shot you’re like, ‘oh, it’s not the actor anymore.’

“And I think they lose a little bit of that danger because they don’t go through with it. So I think it adds something. Things went a little wrong. It was comforting.

“We sit on our asses a lot and talk. So it’s nice to get up and walk around. I am sporty and adventurous. When else can you be legally set on fire? I don’t get that opportunity often.”

Emily Hampshire added of her co-star’s death-defying stunt, “When people see that [show]watch out for this moment because Martin was set on fire and they had to put it out!”

Cast member Iain Glen – who plays crew leader Magnus MacMillan below – was also involved in a spooky stunt, falling off a crane. He got lucky when the crew insisted he wear a harness.

He told us: “One [stunt] where it went catastrophically wrong was a crane arm that was quite high off the ground.

“I thought, ‘I don’t need a harness, there’s padding, I’m fine, I’m not going to fall off.’

“Finally they made me do it and in the first take I ran to help Martin [Compston]who was in the scene and I managed to throw it off and I was left dangling from quite a height.

“They all gasped because if I hadn’t worn it I could have had a broken limb or two, so I learned my lesson.”

Compston agreed: “Iain fell off [the crane]. I looked the other way and he was supposed to be over me and then he was swinging under me!

“I just had Iain tripping up and going ‘oh f*ck!’ said. and then he was gone.”

Schitt’s Creek star Emily Hampshire, who was one of the few non-Scots on set, plays Rose Mason – the scientist and oil company representative on board the rig, below.

The Canadian actress struggled to understand some of her castmates’ thick, Scottish accents during filming – with the mandatory Covid-19 face masks not helping.

She told us: “It was my first time in Scotland, I was the only American/Canadian in the cast and crew so I didn’t understand anyone.

“We also shot during the height of Covid. A lot was not open. We really bonded. What I loved about Scotland was the people.”

She says she learned a lot about oil rigs from working on the series, particularly from a geology expert who advised her throughout.

“I didn’t know anything about rigs,” she admitted. “I’ve always called it a ship. It’s not part of our industry in Canada and America.

“I had a geologist to help me. She made me fall in love with the earth and what you can find out by digging in the earth. I actually stole some bricks!”

The Rig premieres on Prime Video on Friday, January 6th.

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