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Mathew Horne is finding it difficult to promote Catherine Tate’s The Nan Movie as the war in Ukraine rages on

Mathew Horne admits Catherine Tate’s ‘silly’ The Nan Movie as a ‘heartbreaking’ war continues to unfold in Ukraine

Mathew Horne said he is finding it difficult to promote his new comedy film The Nan Movie as the war in Ukraine continues to unfold.

The 43-year-old actor plays the role of Jamie in comedian Catherine Tate’s flick, which is based on rude older character Nan, also known as Joanie Taylor, from her sketch show.

But with the cast busy releasing the film ahead of its Friday release, Matthew admits he’s having a hard time promoting the “stupid” project amid the “heartbreaking” crisis.

Tough times: Mathew Horne, 43, said he is finding it difficult to promote his new comedy film The Nan Movie as the war in Ukraine continues to unfold

During an appearance on Lorraine on Tuesday, they said: “It’s hard to promote a goofy comedy film in this heartbreaking situation.”

However, the show’s presenter Lorraine Kelly, 62, insisted people in Britain needed a little relief at the moment, telling him: “You know what, for goodness sake, do we ever need a belly laugh right now?

“Do we ever need anything stupid and silly and gross and rude – that’s what we need now.”

Telling the Tale: The Nan Movie in Nan (played by Catherine Tate) and Jamie take a road trip as she tries to mend her relationship with her estranged sister, Nell

Telling the Tale: The Nan Movie in Nan (played by Catherine Tate) and Jamie take a road trip as she tries to mend her relationship with her estranged sister, Nell

Devastation: A block of flats in Kyiv is on fire after being attacked by Russian forces on Tuesday

Devastation: A block of flats in Kyiv is on fire after being attacked by Russian forces on Tuesday

The Nan Movie in Nan and Jamie take a road trip as she tries to mend her relationship with her estranged sister Nell (Katherine Parkinson) after Nell is revealed to be dying.

Comedian Catherine’s role in Nan is based on the popular character from her BBC Two sketch show, which ran for three series from 2004 to 2006, along with four BBC One offshoots, Catherine Tate’s Nan specials, which ran between 2009 and 2015 were broadcast.

Though he’s uncomfortable promoting the film due to the troubles in Ukraine, he says he enjoyed working on the project.

Speaking of which, with the cast busy releasing the film ahead of its Friday release, Mathew admits he's having a hard time promoting the

Speaking of which, with the cast busy releasing the film ahead of its Friday release, Mathew admits he’s having a hard time promoting the “stupid” project amid the Ukraine crisis

He told Lorraine: “It’s an original story and a road trip rolled into one. There is a moment of Nan’s tenderness in this film that is really beautiful, albeit after a late night rave.

“(There was) a lot and a lot of improvisation! We improvised a lot along the way, it was fantastic.

“We went old school with it and there are some glitches at the end.

“I let her go on a road trip to visit her estranged sister, a roller coaster. We shot in Dublin and Galway. ‘

Battle scarred: Scenes of destruction in the Ukrainian village of Zelenyi Hai on Tuesday

Battle scarred: Scenes of destruction in the Ukrainian village of Zelenyi Hai on Tuesday

And the star says it’s been wonderful to be working with Catherine again, adding their friendship is still strong after many years.

“It was a real milestone to do this,” he said. “I first met Cath 20 years ago.

“It’s a testament to her loyalty and I’m so privileged to be her friend. It was quite an emotional time.’

The Nan film is slated to hit theaters on Friday March 18th.

Iconic: Comedienne Catherine's role in Nan is based on the popular character from her sketch show BBC Two, which ran for three series from 2004 to 2006

Iconic: Comedienne Catherine’s role in Nan is based on the popular character from her sketch show BBC Two, which ran for three series from 2004 to 2006

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