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Loach: I don't spoil my actors

Ken Loach has revealed he doesn't try to spoil his cast with expensive cars and fancy trailers.

The filmmaker said he's quite low-key about his own directing style, particularly with Andrew Scott, Barry Ward and Simone Kirby, the stars of his 29th film Jimmy's Hall.

"It's the director's job to make everything around what we're doing as conducive to a good performance as possible," he said.

"That doesn't mean spoiling them, getting them big cars or trailers - it means giving them a kind of creative tension that is absolutely supportive, but gives them the energy and freedom to really go for it."

He continued: "You just try and put your heads together and work out how you're going to do it. In a way, it's the director's responsibility to make the actors as good as they can be. And in Barry and Simone's case, that's very good indeed because they're lovely actors, both of them."

Jimmy's Hall had been rumoured to be Ken's swansong after he hinted it would be his last. He has since appeared to renege on comments made last year that he planned to retire upon the film's release.

"I shouldn't have said it," he admitted. "It came in a moment of confronting the mountain to climb before we shot the thing and I thought, 'I'm not going to go through this again'.

"I'll be annoying Paul [Laverty, Ken's long-time collaborator and Jimmy's Hall screenwriter] by the time the autumn comes around to do something else, I suspect. But maybe not quite on such a grand scale."

:: Jimmy's Hall is in cinemas now.

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