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Daniel Mays talks The Firm remake

Daniel Mays in Shifty

Story by Jack Foley

DANIEL Mays, the British actor currently winning acclaim for new urban drama Shifty, has been talking about his forthcoming remake of The Firm, the ‘80s football violence movie that made a name of Gary Oldman.

Nick Love, director of The Football Factory and Outlaw, is remaking the movie and, according to Mays, has opted to change the focus – although the scenes of violence will be unlike anything that’s been seen before in a football film.

Speaking to IndieLondon while promoting Shifty, Mays said: “I’m aware that there’s a lot of purists out there and people who are going to say: “Why bother?” But what’s different with Nick Love’s version is that there’s a peripheral character called Dominic, who’s played by Jay Simpson from Shifty, who is now very much the lead character in the remake.

“So, the story is told from a different perspective and hopefully that’ll give it a refreshing and different take on things.”

Commenting on the violence, he added: “The fight scenes, in particular, are going to be something that you’ve never seen before in a football film. We certainly spent a lot of time choreographing them and trying to make them as realistic as possible. It’s going to be brutal.”

Shifty opens in UK cinemas on Friday. The Firm is scheduled for a UK release some time in 2010.