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Evans: I dream of directing films

Luke Evans has revealed he would like to turn his hand to directing.

The Hobbit star admitted he is intending to head behind the cameras for a short film, which he is co-writing with a friend.

"I'm trying to sort out a short film that I'm writing with a friend of mine, which I would like to direct for my own self, really," he told Collider.

The 34-year-old said he has always wanted to take the reins.

"Directing is something I've always felt like I'd like to do at one point and I thought the best way to start is to write something myself or with someone and I'd go from there. My own material," he explained.

" I guess once you've been acting for a long time you glean the great bits of good directors and the bad bits from other directors and you know the way that you would like to be directed. Look at Clint Eastwood, for example. There's a lot of directors who were actors, so they have the sensibility of an actor, which sometimes helps."

Luke has worked on the short feature with Chris Chibnall, who wrote BBC drama The Great Train Robbery, in which the Welsh actor starred as criminal mastermind Bruce Reynolds.

"I think it'll probably end up being about a 20-minute film. I'm not exactly sure because we haven't totally finished the script yet," he continued.

Having worked with directors such as Peter Jackson, Ridley Scott and Paul WS Anderson, he has picked up some tips.

"I think the best directors rarely lose their temper. I think the best directors provide you with a safe environment where they can instil you with confidence and allow you to try things out and not feel like you're failing or that you're doing it wrong."

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