Tuesday 24 April 2018

Barnes: I'd love to be a rock star

Ben Barnes has admitted he'd like to be a rock star
Ben Barnes has admitted he'd like to be a rock star

Ben Barnes has aspirations to become a rocker after making his latest film Killing Bono.

The Chronicles Of Narnia star plays musician Neil McCormick in the comedy about two brothers who fail to make their mark as a band while their classmates U2 shoot to global fame.

"I have a bit of a hankering for it - the leather trousers and the wigs and the crowd we rented for the film. It still made us feel like rock stars, it doesn't matter if they were paid," he joked.

Ben, who was joined in the film by Irish star Robert Sheehan, comedian Peter Serafinowicz and the late Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite, had to adopt a Dublin accent for the film, which was shot in Belfast.

The 29-year-old admitted he struggled at times at replicating the lilting tones.

"It was very confusing being in Belfast. It's about the most different, unhelpful place to be if you're doing a Dublin accent. It's like being in Australia with a South African accent," he said.

"But I had Robert and all the other guys in the film helping me out, and I decided from the moment we landed in Ireland to the moment we left just to stay in the accent. When you've got Peter Serafinowicz and all these amazing actors going off script and you only know the words on the page, then it's difficult."

:: Killing Bono is in cinemas on April 1.

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