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Ray Winstone: Acting is absurd

Ray Winstone won't put on a persona and doesn't care if people like him or not.

The 58-year-old actor has made a name for himself as an onscreen hardman in flicks such as Sexy Beast and The Departed, scoring two BAFTA nominations and an International Emmy award over the years.

Despite having been in the profession long enough to have earned respect from both the public and fellow thespians, Ray still finds acting a bizarre career.

"Sometimes you can't help thinking this is a ridiculous way to make a living. It's like being a schizophrenic transvestite, dressing up in someone else's clothes," he mused to British magazine Time Out London. "I'd love to have invented penicillin or landed on the moon. They say: 'But you're giving the world joy.' Ha! I'm just a lucky boy who ain't gotta dig an 'ole every day."

The industry has changed a lot since Ray first started out, but the one thing that has remained constant is his passion. He's always had a temper which becomes more evident when people "abuse their power", and he's not afraid to admit he's a "miserable old f**ker".

Ray's back in his element in thriller movie The Gunman, starring alongside fellow Hollywood heavyweights Sean Penn, Idris Elba and Javier Bardem. He doesn't bring his alter egos' traits home with him though and has a reputation for being a gentleman away from the camera.

"That's just me. I don't feel like I've got to have a persona to please anyone. I live my life how I wanna live it, be who I wanna be. I couldn't give a f**k if people think I'm a nice guy or not," he added.

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