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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Havers: Chariots is still relevant

Nigel Havers says his movie Chariots Of Fire is still relevant

It may have been more than 30 years ago, but the premiere of Olympics movie Chariots Of Fire feels like yesterday, actor Nigel Havers has said.

The Oscar-winning film is being re-released in UK cinemas ahead of the London Games and the star said it feels like no time has passed since it hit the screens in 1981.

"I have enjoyed being part of the film for the past 30 years, and I never imagined I would be back here for a premiere years later, that doesn't happen often."

Havers, who played Lord Andrew Lindsay, added: "Thirty years later we are in the same square and it feels like yesterday, I feel 28."

He added that the message of the film, which follows two men competing in the 1924 Paris Olympics, still applies today.

"If you look at the characters they are so extraordinary and different, the message of sticking to your principles and you will be alright still holds."

Havers said he is delighted the Games will be in London in less than three weeks but said he was unlucky in the ballot for tickets.

"I will be watching the Olympics but I'm not going to anything, I tried to get tickets but I couldn't get in."

Ben Cross, who played Harold Abrahams, a Jewish student at Cambridge University who went on to compete in Paris, said the film is timeless.

"It sounds immodest because I'm in it but I think it is a classic and I would be very happy if it could be introduced to a new audience and this is London 2012, what better opportunity?"

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