Danny Dyer has insisted his hardman image is a myth, and he is really a "sensitive soul".
The actor and father-of-two - whose most famous roles include a gangster in The Business, a violent thug in The Football Factory and hosting a documentary series about gangsters called Danny Dyer's Deadliest Men - insisted to The Sun he's a big softie at heart.
Danny said: "I get pigeon-holed with this hardman thing - it's a myth. I do speak my mind and I am from a working-class background but I'm not a hardman.
"You've never read anything about me punching someone in the mouth or stamping on someone's head. Or being involved in any sort of fracas at all - but yet I'm pigeon-holed as this hardman thing with Vinnie Jones.
"It's backfired on me a bit, I suppose. If I've got an opinion on something I'll just say it.
"I can't stress enough that I'm a sensitive soul. I'm not a p****. I'd protect my family, I'd die for them but I don't run around giving it the big gun or trying to start fights.
"I don't want to be known as a hardman even. I don't understand it. Maybe it's the way I talk. Or the fact I swear a lot."
Danny's latest film Vendetta, sees him play an elite soldier, whose day job is to interrogate suicide bombers, taking the law into his own hands to avenge his parents' murder.