No retirement for Ray Winstone
Published 14/01/2010 | 10:38
Ray Winstone has revealed retirement is the last thing on his mind.
The actor has three films out this month - 44 Inch Chest, Ian Dury biopic Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll and thriller Edge Of Darkness - and has another two in the pipeline.
"Oh come on, I've got to pay the rent and I've got three daughters, are you joking? I'm a working man, I am, so I've got to work," he said.
The 52-year-old added: "If I'm a lorry driver, I'll have to drive a lorry every day. That's what I do. I don't want to be sitting around, you die sitting around. If I retire, what am I going to do? People retire and they go down to the pub. Besides, I like my work, it's fun."
Although his film career spans more than three decades, Ray admitted he still has trouble seeing himself as a star.
"I'm amazed that a little fat geezer from east London is doing what I'm doing," he said. "It's very difficult for me to comprehend sometimes that I'm in the arts. Maybe I'm being a bit of an inverted snob myself, maybe I question myself - am I good enough to be in this industry? - I don't know. I think it's quite healthy anyway, it keeps you planted. It keeps you on the ball."
:: 44 Inch Chest is released in cinemas on January 15. Edge Of Darkness is released on January 29. Sex And Drugs And Rock And Roll is out now.