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Ray Winstone: 'I'm too unfit to make it as an actor today'

Ray Winstone is returning to his roots as an amateur boxer in his new film Jawbone.

Ray Winstone doesn't think he would have found success as an actor in today's industry, where stars are under so much pressure to stay in shape.

The 60-year-old actor has starred in a variety of successful movies, including Sexy Beast, Cold Mountain and The Departed. But during an interview with Britain's The Times newspaper, Ray explained that his love of a drink means he'd struggle to maintain a toned body required to be an actor in this day and age.

"Never in a million years," he said. "You have to have a body on you now, you have to be ripped to be a film star today. When I was coming through we could do what we liked, have a booze (drink), whatever."

However, when it comes to exercise, Ray does enjoy boxing, with his amateur boxing past helping him land his breakthrough role in Alan Clarke's infamous 1979 film Scum.

In Scum, which followed a group of youths detained in a Borstal youth prison, Ray played cell block bully Carlin, and said the swagger he developed as a boxer earned him the role.

"After the audition, Alan saw me out the door and I walked down the corridor like a fighter," he explained. "The shoulders: bom, bom, bom. That got me the job.; nothing to do with acting whatsoever."

Ray's new movie Jawbone sees him return to his boxing roots as he plays Bill, a trainer who helps an aging former champion get back into shape so he can return to the ring.

Snow White and the Huntsman star Johnny Harris stars in the film as the ex champion, and also penned the movie's script.

Despite Ray not being good enough to box professionally, he was so impressed with Johnny's skills that he believes the actor could join the sport's professional ranks if he wanted to.

"I wasn't good enough or dedicated enough or strong enough. Johnny was good, he could have gone on," Ray revealed.

Jawbone is released on 12 May (17).

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