Solomon's like Clint for Purefoy
James Purefoy has likened his on-screen character Solomon Kane to Clint Eastwood.
The British actor revealed that the Clint connection was why he wanted to play the pirate-turned-Puritan in the fantasy adventure.
"When I was growing up, I watched a lot of Clint Eastwood films and it seemed this man was cut from the same cloth as The Man With No Name - he's iconic, he's reticent, terse, doesn't give much away about himself and he expresses himself from the tip of his sword, through action rather than words," he said.
James was excited to portray a home-grown hero.
"He's a British action hero - we don't have many British action heroes. We have James Bond, Harry Potter and Mr Bean, but as far as franchises are concerned, we don't have many," he continued.
"It's really exciting launching a new action hero on the public. And he's from the West Country where I come from."
Having played Mark Antony in acclaimed BBC series Rome and Edward, the Black Prince in A Knight's Tale alongside Heath Ledger, James admits he has a thing for historical epics.
"I'm drawn to them because they're inherently interesting. They tend to have very extreme characters. It's also enormous fun," he said.
"One of my escapes from my humdrum west London life is to go away and be someone like Solomon Kane, Mark Antony or Blackbeard the pirate. They are extreme people, you get to be them for a bit and that's exciting."
:: Solomon Kane will be released in cinemas on February 19.