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Clarke: I'm not chasing Hollywood

Noel Clarke has revealed he is not looking for work in Hollywood, after appearing in Star Trek: Into Darkness.

However, the British filmmaker, who had a pivotal role in JJ Abrams' sci-fi blockbuster, admitted he would consider parts in other big-budget movies.

"I wouldn't mind it, but I'm not going to chase it. I'm definitely not someone who spends their time trying to figure out how to do that. I just want to try and do good work," he said.

"JJ saw my audition tape and was like, 'I want that guy', and if other people cast me I'm not going to say no. Well, I might say no, depends what the part is."

Noel, who stars in I Am Soldier, added: "I've made a conscious decision to evolve what I do and who I am as a performer. I was offered about five films after Star Trek and chose to take this one."

The 38-year-old, who directed Adulthood and 4.3.2.1, admitted the transition from acting into directing was a struggle.

"It wasn't easy. Adulthood was a very, very difficult and a real learning experience. I guess luckily it was something that came out well, and then I directed another film and since then I haven't found something that I wanted to do," he continued.

Noel believed becoming a director was a valuable learning curve for him, revealing he thought it was always worthwhile to challenge himself.

"I feel like you get to a stage in your career where people take you for granted or you plateau and so you've got to choose whether to coast along at that level, or start taking risks to elevate yourself."

I Am Soldier is out on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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