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Sampson's meatier StreetDance role

George Sampson has revealed he enjoyed having a much bigger role in the follow up to the massively successful StreetDance movie - especially as it allowed him to dance again.

The 18-year-old, who since winning Britain's Got Talent has branched into acting with a role in Waterloo Road and made his West End debut in hip-hop musical Into The Hoods, is back on the big screen as he reprises his role as cheeky chappy Eddie in StreetDance 2.

George admitted he was a little anxious about the scale of his role in the highly anticipated sequel to the British dance film by award-winning directors Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini.

"It's a much bigger role," he said. They said I would have hundreds of lines, and I thought, 'This is gonna be much more difficult'. But what a great role! I loved it."

As well as having more lines, he also got to show off his dance moves. "I wasn't meant to join the main crew, but I joined in at the auditions. I'm kind of glad really, because it got me fit. I was getting lazy," he quipped.

"My fitness wasn't great because I was doing Waterloo Road for the last year, and no dancing. So it got to the point where I needed to dance. When I went to Paris and saw these guys I was so scared because they are the big dogs in dance. They are incredible!"

Training for the part wasn't easy. "We did Monday to Saturday, 12 hours a day for about a month and a half. We didn't even have a day off for the Royal Wedding!

"It was hard but fun. The choreographers are American and very military, they didn't stop for anything. It was like a very tough boot camp."

:: StreetDance 2 is in cinemas from today (March 30).

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