Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

For a Hard Man, I'm Very Good at Flower Arranging ; Ray Winstone's New Role Sees the 58-Year-Old Play an Armed Robber Trying to Turn His Back on Crime. MARION MCMULLEN Finds out about Family, Football and Foxes

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

For a Hard Man, I'm Very Good at Flower Arranging ; Ray Winstone's New Role Sees the 58-Year-Old Play an Armed Robber Trying to Turn His Back on Crime. MARION MCMULLEN Finds out about Family, Football and Foxes

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How did you get involved in The Trials Of Jimmy Rose? IT WAS down to the director Adrian Shergold basically. I've been lucky enough to work with Adrian on several occasions.

ITV had approached him and he came to me with the idea. Once they say 'He's coming out of prison,' I go 'Oh, hold on.' But then you read the script and you see it's not actually about that.

It's about family. It's about what a man does to a family when he's banged up for 12 years.

How important is family for you? IT'S my way of living. It's where I come from and where our age group comes from. You have a responsibility and a morality to look after your own and to deal with it yourself.

We never used to call the police. If there's a silly argument today someone calls the police. Years ago it was dealt with, not necessarily in a fight, but in a row.

Someone said their piece and they went on looking you in the eye and you said what you had to say. I think those days have gone.

Everyone has become very PC.

Everything's become almost like America, 'You touch me, I sue you.' Years ago if someone was out of line they got a clump and that was it. Forgotten about.

How was it singing Frank Sinatra's That's Life during filming? I WENT 'Listen, I'm a smoker and a drinker and my voice is nowhere near Francis Albert's. And we played about with it a bit, but they've done it in a great way. It's just what Jimmy (Ray's character) loves and it's the era he's from.

Jimmy has a juke box full of singles including Que Sera Sera by Doris Day. What did that mean to you? THAT was my mum's song. She used to sing it to us when we were kids. It just fitted in perfectly.

I used to wake up on Sunday morning to Tony Bennett and singers like that. My dad used to put on the old Pye record player.

In the show we see you lying on a wet pavement watched by an urban fox? How did you pull that off? WE USED a trained fox... or as much as you can train a fox. So the fox comes up and looks at me. That's a first for me. I felt like I was lying on the ground all night, but it wasn't that long.

Were you involved in placing West Ham posters in the back of some shots? ADRIAN always does that when I'm on a film, where he can. …

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