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Booth unfazed by romance rumours

Douglas Booth has revealed he always laughs off any rumours of romance between him and his female friends.

The Riot Club star has been linked to his LOL co-stars Miley Cyrus and Ashley Greene, as well as his Romeo And Juliet co-star Hailee Steinfeld and singer Taylor Swift.

"To start with, it's all a bunch of rubbish. So I just laugh it off," the 22-year-old actor said.

"You go for dinner with a friend and the next second, you're dating. No. I know who my friends are. It's silly. I don't worry about it."

Douglas, who plays posh student Harry Villiers in The Riot Club, admitted he was hung-over as he rehearsed the film's fencing scenes.

"I had to do some training for that. It was great fun except it was the morning after my 21st birthday and I felt a bit sore," he said.

"I love to fence. I'm OK at it, I was better than I thought I'd be because my hand-eye coordination is terrible. But I managed to do it OK despite the hangover."

The film, directed by Lone Scherfig, is based on Laura Wade's 2010 play Posh, and has been described as a fictionalised version of the Bullingdon Club.

"It's all about entitlement and elitism and it made me question quite a lot of things. I didn't set out to make a political film, but it's probably going to be a political film by resonance," he said. "It's about education on a certain level, but it's also about a decaying aristocratic society, the crumbling aristocracy that is trying to keep their world alive in some way."

:: The Riot Club is in cinemas now.

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