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Dylan help for fearsome Blackbeard

Published 14/05/2011 | 15:58

Ian McShane
Ian McShane

Ian McShane listened to Bob Dylan to get into the spirit of his character in the new Pirates Of The Caribbean film.

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The actor, who played dodgy antiques dealer Lovejoy on British TV for many years, said music helped him with his role as the fearsome Blackbeard.

He said: "Every morning before we stuck on this incredible beard, which used to take about two and a half hours, I used to play a lot of music especially Bob Dylan's song Boots Of Spanish Leather, that old pirate song I think.

"The way of acting any character I think is you plant your feet, look the other character in the eye and try not to trip over your sword."

McShane, who played the famously foul-mouthed Al Swearengen in American television series Deadwood, said it was "nice to play an evil character... but one I could actually see with my grandchildren".

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