10 July 2000
Source: Press Association (UK)
Being an Essex boy wasn't easy, says Bean
Yorkshire lad Sean Bean has talked about the difficulties of turning himself into an Essex boy for his latest film.
The Sheffield-born actor said the Essex accent was one of the hardest he had been asked to master during his film career.
Bean was speaking after arriving more than 30 minutes late for the start of the gala preview of the film, called Essex Boys, in Southend, Essex.
"I've done a lot of accents before, but I think this was perhaps the most difficult," said Bean, who was held up in traffic while travelling from London.
"Some of the inflections and so on were tricky. It required a lot of hard work and research.
"But I've lived in this part of the world for about 20 years or so now and it was really just a matter of putting the time in to it. Fortunately I've got a good voice coach and I'm pretty pleased with the result."
The film, co-written by director Terry Winsor and producer Jeff Pope, is the story of a group of Essex gangsters fighting to gain control of the drugs trade and nightclub security contracts.
It was inspired by the real life murders of three gangsters at Rettendon, Essex, about 15 miles from Southend.
Bean defended the content of the film, which is released later this week, and said it did not glorify violence.
Actor Jude Law, and his actress wife Sadie
Frost, plus actors Ray Winstone and Bill Murray were among
celebrities attending the preview at the Odeon Cinema.
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