Carl Barat refuses to reunite The Libertines

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'It's the last thing I wanna do,' he says

Carl Barat has refused to reunite The Libertines, despite Pete Doherty revealing in this week’s issue of NME that the band had been offered £2 million to do so.

Doherty said he was prepared to reunite the band, who split in 2004, for the cash.

“We had some ridiculous offers to headline Reading,” Doherty said. “Like £2 million to headline this festival, £1 million to headline that festival. I said, ‘Why don’t we just do it? Let’s get the old band back together.'”

Speaking to BBC 6Music, Barat said he was not considering the possibility of getting his old band back together.

“I’ve just freed myself up so the last thing I wanna do is completely burden my mind [with a Libertines reunion],” he said.

Instead, Barat said he is concentrating on launching an acting career.

“I got into it [acting] doing that film thing with ‘Telstar’, the Joe Meek biopic [where Barat played the role of Gene Vincent]. I was in that, and I’ve got another thing coming up – I think there’s room in my life for both [music and acting],” he said.

“I don’t really wanna do ‘Holby City’ or ‘The Bill’, you know what I mean? I’d rather do a film really, or I might do a play one day, learn the craft.”

Yesterday (February 11), Barat announced his debut UK solo gig, to take place at Wakefield‘s Escobar on March 7.

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