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Toby Stephens: '90% of British scripts are low quality'

21 March 2014 2:06 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Toby Stephens has heavily criticised the UK film industry.

The 44-year-old actor - and son of Dame Maggie Smith - has described the disappointment he feels when receiving British scripts.

"Generally, when I get sent British scripts - and this isn't a generalisation - nine times out of ten my heart sinks after about three pages," the Vexed star told BBC News.

"We need to stop trying to imitate America. We need to stop trying to do the same movies over and over: the gangsters and football violence."

He added: "We do these intelligentsia movies about married couples in Hampstead or whatever. I think there's a place for all those things but we can't keep on repeating ourselves."

Stephens explained that his latest project, British sci-fi thriller The Machine, was an exception to the rule.

"This script came through and it blew me away. It's not about football violence, it's not about gangsters, »

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Lucy Punch Signs With CAA

27 February 2014 6:06 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Exclusive: The Londoner who starred opposite Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher has inked with CAA. Lucy Punch, who starred on the 2012-13 Fox comedy Ben And Kate, next appears in the upcoming musical Into The Woods, with Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep, and director Peter Bogdanovich’s 2015 pic Squirrels To The Nuts. Her big-screen credits also include Hot Fuzz, You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger and Dinner For Schmucks. Her TV gigs have included Vexed and The Class. Punch continues to be managed by the Schiff Company and repped by United Agents in the UK. »


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