Friday 20 April 2018

Winstone scared by Sweeney role

Ray Winstone stars in the remake of The Sweeney
Ray Winstone stars in the remake of The Sweeney

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.

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