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Strong: Spies lead dramatic lives

Mark Strong has revealed why playing spies appeals to him, because they have "inherent drama".

The British actor has portrayed agents in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Zero Dark Thirty and the upcoming Imitation Game and The Secret Service.

" There was a period when I played lots of spies. I don't know what it is about spies - maybe they have inherent drama," he told Digital Spy. "I've just done another with the Secret Service."

Mark is positive about The Imitation Game, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as codebreaker Alan Turing.

"It's finished filming and it's just having its final edit done. I know Harvey Weinstein paid a lot of money for it at Berlin as a result of a 20-minute reel he saw, so we're really hopeful, I think it's going to be a really good movie," the actor said.

The 50-year-old plays MI6 chief Stewart Menzies in Morten Tyldum's historical drama.

"He was the guy who kind of set up the Secret Service after the war, and he has the overview," he explained.

"He's the chap that's running everybody, all the spies, what's happening with decoding the Enigma machine. He's the guy with all the cards in his hand."

As for The Secret Service, which sees him reuniting with Kick-Ass filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, Mark said: "Matthew has made four films now, all of which are terrific. So he has a real eye and a fantastic touch.

"I love working with him, he's now a good friend, and I thought the script was great, mad, funny and irreverent - a thrill a minute."

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