11 July 2000
Source: This is Essex
Sean Sharpens Essex Boys accent
Sharpe star Sean Bean has ditched his trademark Yorkshire accent and learned to speak with a south-east, wide-boy twang for new film Essex Boys.
Bean plays one of the lead gangsters in the film, which is based on the true story of three drug barons murdered in a Range Rover in Rettendon, Essex, in 1995.
The actor said the Essex accent was one of the hardest he'd ever had to master. 'I've lived in London for about 20 years and it helped me a lot with the Essex accent,' he said.
'Also, a guy called Terry Edwards, whose house we used for filming some scenes, gave me some coaching.'
The film also stars ER's Alex Kingston, who missed the premiere at the Odeon in Southend, Essex - where much of the action was shot - because she was filming in America.
But actors Ray Winstone, Jude Law and his wife Sadie Frost were in the audience.
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