Tim Roth can elevate every single movie he is in. He has proven his versatility in films like “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Rob Roy” for which he received an Oscar nomination and won a BAFTA. Roth will now be portraying Reg Keys, a father who stood up to Tony Blair following the loss of his son in the Iraq War.
“Reg,” reports Evening Standard, tells the true story of Reg Keys, a father whose 20-year-old son, Lance Corporal Tom Keys, was killed in the Iraq War in 2003. The TV film is directed by BAFTA winner David Blair and written by BAFTA winning writer Jimmy McGovern best known as the creator of the critically acclaimed and hit television series “Cracker.”
“It’s an extraordinary story,” Tim Roth told Mirror Online. “I didn’t know anything about what Reg had been through, but as soon as I read the script, I told my wife, ‘I’m doing this,’” he said. Roth added that he has “nothing but contempt” for Tony Blair. “I hope he feels guilt watching this,” Tim Roth said.
The Iraq War (2003-2011) was fought on the assertion made by the Bush administration, supported by Tony Blair that Iraq posed an imminent threat to the United States because it possessed weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and that the people of Iraq needed to be freed from Saddam Hussein’s rule. No evidence of WMDs was found.
The actual reason for the invasion became clear in 2009 when the Iraqi ministry of oil awarded some international oil companies contracts to purchase the natural resource for much lower prices.
“Tom was one of six Royal Military Policemen – Red Caps – shot dead by a 400-strong rampaging mob of Iraqi insurgents who were besieging a police station in the hostile town of Majar Kabir,” Reg Keys wrote for The Daily Mail. He had learned that three weeks before Tom’s death, his unit was “descaled”; made devoid of vital life-saving equipment.
Keys’ wife Sally never recovered from a catatonic depression, notes Radio Times. He founded the Military Families Against the War and even became an election candidate against Blair in Sedgefield, though he lost. Blair never admitted his faults or apologized to Keys.
The film ends on a positive note, McGovern told Evening Standard. Reg Keys got to openly criticize Tony Blair’s actions in public, at the height of the election campaign. After all, Keys says “It’s not just about Tom. It’s about the 178 others who lost their lives. It’s about the 6,000 service personnel who sustained life-changing injuries; those who lost limbs or had their mental health shattered. It’s also about the 200,000 innocent Iraqis who perished in the war.”