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Strong happy to steer clear of fame

Mark Strong has said he hates the idea of being famous and is keen to avoid becoming as recognisable as some of his former co-stars.

The Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy actor told the Radio Times that he didn't want to be famous and followed by photographers everywhere he went.

He said: "I can't stress enough how totally uninterested I am. There is no part of me that wants to have to pull the blinds down when I'm talking to my wife about dinner because some photographer is in a bush outside."

Mark starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming The Imitation Game and said: "It's awful, because everyone wants a picture for Facebook, and if you're Benedict you now can't walk down the street. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy and I think he's lovely."

Mark added that he couldn't stand being mollycoddled on set: "An assistant director said to me the other day, 'Where are you going?' I said, 'Across the road.' And she said, 'Wait, I'll get someone to take you.' And I had to remind this 12-year-old, I actually cross the road on my own most days.

"They all have walkie talkies so you hear them muttering, 'Mark is now walking to the set. Mark is now going to the toilet.' I have literally had to tell people to stop putting my socks on for me."

Mark who starred alongside Daniel Craig in Our Friends In The North, said he had pitied the James Bond actor before his lucky break: "I was sharing a flat with Danny and he didn't work for months afterwards, whereas I went straight back into a play. So I'm making £300 a week, thinking, 'Poor old Danny'."

The actor also explained there was a reason he liked to take the villain roles rather than the leading man: "Heroes don't get the outrageous costume or the fantastic one-liner. And I find villains interesting because they're exotic. I don't actually go home and menace the neighbours."

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