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Thursday 24 July 2014

Fletcher 'better drunk than extra'

Dexter Fletcher directed Sunshine On Leith

Dexter Fletcher has explained how he and The Proclaimers ended up making cameos in his film Sunshine On Leith.

Director Dexter revealed he pops up in one scene as a drunk stumbling out of a pub as he did a better job than the extra they had hired to play the role.

He said: "It's not there for a, 'Hey, look at me!' moment. It's there because the guy we got didn't do a great job, so I was encouraged by our cameraman and cast to do it. If people know it's me and smile, that's great, but I'm slightly dubious about it."

Dexter is not the only non-cast famous face to appear in the film - The Proclaimers themselves, Charlie and Craig Reid, whose music is the basis for the film, also lent their acting skills on a visit to the set.

He said: "They were on set two times and I just said, 'Guys, will you walk out of the pub here?' It gives us a great light-hearted moment, and you know you're allowed to laugh in this film."

Sunshine On Leith, starring Jane Horrocks and Peter Mullan, is in cinemas now.

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