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Winstone tells of Kray encounter


Ray Winstone appears on Desert Island Discs

Ray Winstone appears on Desert Island Discs

Ray Winstone appears on Desert Island Discs

Film hardman Ray Winstone has revealed he wet himself when he was introduced to gangster Ronnie Kray - although he was only six months old at the time.

The Sexy Beast star, whose career also includes roles in Minder and Nil By Mouth, told Desert Island Discs host Kirsty Young he was a baby when Kray visited his father in their East End home.

He said: "By all accounts he came round to see my dad and there was a few people there and he picked me up and I weed all over his raincoat, he had a brand new raincoat, and everyone kinda went quiet then Ronnie laughed and everyone laughed and I guess he went off then to have his raincoat cleaned."

Ray said he spoke to Ronnie, who was jailed in 1969 for his part in the murder of two underworld rivals, about the incident years later when he visited the career criminal in Broadmoor high-security hospital.

He said: "I visited him years later when I was at one time going to do the Kray film ... It must have been the early eighties at Broadmoor and he mentioned that to me so you kind of know the story is right because I'd heard it for years."

The London-born actor, whose musical choices included the theme to the film Raging Bull, The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra's I've Got You Under My Skin, also said he wanted more "honesty" from politicians and claimed he had turned down approaches from two political parties.

Asked which ones, he said: "Both. There is only two isn't there? I don't even count the other mob but no I ain't putting my name to that."

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