Clive Owen has described the day he met Simon Carr, who he plays in new movie The Boys Are Back, as very profound and moving.
The Closer star plays a single father to two young boys, left to raise them alone after his wife dies of cancer, based on Simon's real life memoirs of the same experience - and Clive chose not to meet him until filming was almost over.
Clive said: "It was a very profound day when he turned up on the set right towards the end - when you've done a film like that, that is terribly moving and is real, is part of someone's life, it's sort of a passage, a very important passage of all three of those guys' lives."
He added: "To meet them is quite a moving thing and you feel a sense of responsibility that you've done their story justice because they've lived it.
"I didn't want to meet him because I didn't want his physical being in my head really. I had strong instincts both with the script and with his memoir and I felt I wanted to be free to approach it - I didn't want to be constantly thinking of what he was really like, and I knew it would heavily influence me and affect me."
:: The Boys Are Back is released in cinemas on January 22.