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Saturday 30 May 2015

Addison: Wife told me to be myself

Chris Addison says he couldn't really relate to being a coke fiend
Chris Addison says he couldn't really relate to being a coke fiend

Chris Addison has confessed he was worried about playing a "coke fiend" in new film The Look Of Love, but his wife told him to just be himself.

The Thick Of It star plays Tony Power, the editor of Men's Only magazine, in the film about the life of porn baron Paul Raymond, played by Steve Coogan, and wasn't sure how to act as he'd never taken drugs.

Chris said: "The bit that worried me most was because I'm a ridiculous innocent abroad in this. I'm such a frightened control freak that I've never really done any of that stuff.

"And I remember going home to my wife and saying 'This character is coked up the whole time, he's a coke head, he's a coke fiend, I've never done that, I'm worried that I won't be able to come across as someone who's taken cocaine.'

"And she just looked at me and went 'You know Chris, most people take cocaine to be like you - to be that hyper'. And so I just gave in to my natural puppyish hyperness, and that seemed to work."

But the comedian admitted all the partying and being surrounded by naked women got quite tiring by the end of the shoot.

He said: "It's drugs and naked ladies and booze - and it's really booze we were drinking most of the time - but it becomes really bleak, really quickly that kind of thing. So we were just delighted to get out of there really."

::The Look Of Love opens in cinemas on Friday April 26.

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