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Ben Mendelsohn raves about coat costume

Ben Mendelsohn was amazed by the amount of work put into the coat worn by his character in Slow West.

The Australian actor stars opposite Michael Fassbender as bounty hunter Payne in the upcoming 1800s Colorado-set western thriller. His menacing alter ego wears a brown hat and shaggy woollen coat throughout the flick, a piece which Ben believes defines everything the film reflects.

"You got that coat. When you got a coat like that, she’s going to do a lot of work for you... I wish I came up with that. I wish I f**king came up with that coat," Ben sighed to

"[Costume designer Kirsty Cameron] showed me photos of the period, and I came from the other side of the world, and I went there and I landed there, and then I was shooting. So, in terms of a physical, logistical prospect, I wasn’t there for a long time. They had the coat. To have a coat like that, I mean, you wouldn’t send something of that beauty home, you know?"

He trusts those who work in wardrobe, insisting they have a better idea of what looks good. Ben loves the garment so much that he now calls it his own and was convinced from the beginning that it would make the ideal addition to Payne's look.

"That coat is mine. I asked for it very early upon seeing it. I was amazed by the work that they put in," he grinned, adding he wore the coat to the flick's Sundance premiere.

It's a busy time for the star from Down Under. Fans will see him in outer space gear next year for the Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One feature.

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