A long-time actor who has appeared in films as diverse as The Great Escape, The Hobbit and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, actor Michael Mosby has opened up about why he refuses to wear a mask during his movies.

Speaking with the Independent about his latest film The Darkest Hour, which is about a family whose home is destroyed in a freak tornado, the 43-year-old said that his character, Hagrid, was also wearing a mask, but he thought that it made it difficult for him to “just be in the room”.

“I don’t want to look like a villain, and you can’t just look at somebody in the dark and be like, ‘Oh, you’re not wearing a head cover’,” Mosby said.

“And you don’t have that luxury of looking at somebody.

It’s not like I’m some kind of an angel who can turn back the clock and say, ‘You can’t wear that mask, you’ve gotta take off your mask’,” he added.”

I think they look at me as a threat, and they want me to do what I’m doing.

It’s not like I’m some kind of an angel who can turn back the clock and say, ‘You can’t wear that mask, you’ve gotta take off your mask’,” he added.

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