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Friday 25 July 2014

Stamp took advice from Olivier

Terence Stamp picked up some advice from Laurence Olivier

Terence Stamp has revealed Laurence Olivier once advised him to work hard on his voice - because his looks would fade.

The pair worked together on 1962 film Term Of Trial, which was when Olivier gave the then budding actor the tip.

Terence, now 74, said: "I worked with Olivier briefly on my second movie.

"And he said to me, 'You should always study your voice because, as you get older, your looks go, but your voice will become empowered'."

The actor gets to show off his vocal skills in his recent film Song For Marion, which is opening in the US this weekend under the title Unfinished Song.

Terence and Vanessa Redgrave play English pensioners Arthur and Marion, who are trying to come to terms with her imminent death. Eventually, Marion drags Arthur into an over-60s singing group, which has a repertoire including everything from Stevie Wonder to Salt-n-Pepa's hip-hop classic Let's Talk About Sex.

"Let's Talk About Sex, I thought, 'Great! Absolutely'," recalled the actor, laughing: "(Talk) is all I can do at the moment. I'm past my sell-by date."

The star also revealed he is contented with his career.

"I don't have any psychological ambitions," he explained. "I've practical ambitions. I don't do c****y movies, unless I haven't got the rent."

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