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Actor regrets Oliver! comments
Danny Dyer

Football Factory star Danny Dyer says he regrets making comments about the actresses in West End musical Oliver! which lost him a role in the show.

Talking to a journalist, the actor said he didn't fancy any of the Nancys and that they were all rubbish.

Danny Dyer had been due to play the part of Nancy's lover Bill Sikes.

He said: "I opened my mouth a little and I should have kept my mouth shut. I'm gutted about that. You live and learn on those things."

"I'd had a few lagers, spoke to a journalist and ruined my chances of playing Bill Sikes.

"It's a real shame and I won't be doing it again."

Future projects

The 31-year-old was speaking at the Pride of Britain awards.

He says despite that setback, he's been keeping busy this year with two films finished and one still to come.

The actor's also appeared in BBC series Kiss Of Death.

"I've just finished a film called Malice In Wonderland with Maggie Grace, which is a real trippy, mad version of Alice In Wonderland," he said.

Danny Dyer and Lily Allen

I've had a good year actually. I've had a good run. I'm in a good place at the moment

Danny Dyer says he's happy despite losing a role in West End musical Oliver! in January

"I've [also] just finished a film called Doghouse with Stephen Graham which is like a horror/comedy film.

"I'm about to go off and do a film called Dead Man Running with 50 Cent."

Asked whether he was looking forward to working with rapper 50 Cent, Danny Dyer said he was intrigued to see what he'd be like.

He said: "I don't know about him as an actor. He's definitely a presence. I'm thrilled.

"It should be a good film. We come from totally different backgrounds but he's a great artist.

"You can't knock him. I just want to see what he's about as an actor."

Dead Man Running is a gangster movie that also features Tamer Hassan, who starred alongside Danny Dyer in 2004's Football Factory and The Business.

Danny Dyer added: "It's about one guy (Tamer Hassan) who basically gets in a serious bit of trouble with a real gangster and he's got one day to live or he's going to get ironed out if he doesn't raise the funds.

"So, it's basically about a dead man running, which is him, and I play his sidekick who's trying to get him out of trouble.

"It's just a crime caper and nothing that's going to stretch me.

"I've had a good year actually. I've had a good run. I'm in a good place at the moment."

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