Plan B: 'Ray Winstone told me to lose weight for 'The Sweeney''

Ben Drew speaks about role in '70s cop show film remake

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Plan B has revealed that his co-star in The Sweeney Ray Winstone told him to lose weight for the role.

The singer/rapper - real name Ben Drew - is playing George Carter in the '70s cop show film remake, alongside Winstone's Jack Regan.

Drew said that his co-star urged him to shed a few stone when they met to discuss the project eight weeks ago - and he has followed his advice.

Plan B told The Sun:
We were saying how I've got to be a man in his early 30s, super-smart, excels in exams, brilliant at sports and Ray looked me up and down and goes, 'Are you sure you're going to get yourself in good enough shape?'

He continued:
I thought right then and there, 'I'm going to do it'. That's the extra incentive I needed. I thought I'll fucking show you, pal.

Drew has made previous appearances in Walking After Acconci and Adulthood, while he is currently directing two of his own films, one based on his album 'The Defamation Of Strickland Banks' and another titled Ill Manors.

Meanwhile, Plan B is set to return to his controversial rap roots on his forthcoming third album 'The Ballad Of Belmarsh', which he has predicted will will be hated by the parents of his fans.

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