Winstone daunted by follwing in John Thaw's footsteps
Ray Winstone has revealed how stepping into John Thaw's big shoes for The Sweeney was a challenge.
The English actor, who once appeared in the original cop drama in 1976, admitted accepting the role of Detective Inspector Jack Regan in Nick Love's big-screen remake was quite nervewracking.
"That's a big thing I had to get over because John Thaw and Dennis Waterman are icons to our age group," he said.
"But once I realised we weren't copying them and were making our own film, then it was alright," he added.
Ben Drew - aka rapper Plan B - takes a supporting role as Jack's sidekick Detective Sergeant George Carter, in a role originally played by Dennis Waterman.
"I've seen a rough cut of the film. It's great! I love it," said Ray.
"Little Benny is blinding in it, he's very good. He looks like he can kick a door down, and he can act. My generation has had its Sweeney, but he'll bring a new generation to it."
The Sweeney, which also stars Hayley Atwell, is scheduled for release in September.