Lovers and madmen have such seething brains,
Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend
More than cool reason ever comprehends.
– A Midsummer Night’s Dream
In this TV Times interview Michael Kitchen described his character in Chancer as a “[not] terrifically pleasant … lunatic”. The superficial smile followed by a bone-chilling death glare certainly do suggest that Roman has a few screws loose, which is confirmed later when he kidnaps the baby.
From Patrick Stoddart’s review of Chancer for The Sunday Times (June 9, 1991):
The main waste was of actor Michael Kitchen, an actor of astonishing skills who should be doing better things than playing psychotic boyfriends of unlovable women in not-good-enough pop dramas. Despite his effortless ability to steal a scene, however, he didn’t get the best moment…