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Jack O'Connell not fussed about fame

Jack O'Connell is too focused on his work to care about fame.

In 2014 Jack rose through the ranks to become one of the acting world's brightest young talents. Yesterday his status was cemented when he was nominated for the prestigious EE BAFTA Rising Star awards alongside the likes of Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley.

Despite having megastar Angelina Jolie on speed dial after starring in her directorial effort Unbroken, Jack isn't fazed by fame.

"I focus on the work and try and let it speak for itself. I'm not interested in super-stardom. I know what I want to achieve. In terms of celebrity status, I try not to court it," he admitted to British newspaper Metro.

2015 already looks set to be a corker for the British actor, and he currently has three new movies in the pipeline.

Later this year he can be seen in Tulip Fever, a 17th-century love story that boasts an all-star cast, including Dame Judi Dench, Christoph Waltz, Zach Galifianakis and Cara Delevingne.

Jack, 24, shot to fame on British TV show Skins and while he's played numerous characters over the years, there's still a part he's holding out for.

"Elvis was my dad's idol growing up. He was his favourite musician and my dad's not around anymore. I feel some sort of connection listening to Elvis with my dad. If I was to play him I can't tell you how sentimental that would be.

"I can do a good Elvis. If anyone was making that film, consider me already there," he laughed. "I don't think my sideburns will ever come but I do have control of the knees and the hips."

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