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Ray Winstone missed out of Star Wars role due to being drunk

The actor revealed that he turned up to auditions for the Phantom Menace a little worse for wear.

Ray Winstone has revealed that he missed out on the chance to star in the Star Wars franchise after turning up drunk to auditions.

The hardman actor could have starred alongside Liam Neeson and Ewan McGregor in The Phantom Menace, in the role of the father of the princess, but he turned up for the meeting with director George Lucas a little worse for wear.

Talking to Total Film, the actor said, "It didn't go well. Had words and that was that. But that's OK. I've worked for George since and he was fine. He didn't remember. Or if he did, he didn't take it to heart.

"I was up for the Princess' father, or something like that. I was p**sed (drunk) anyway. I'd been out all night and I turned up and he knew I was wrong for the part as soon as I walked in, but instead of saying that, he relayed the message to me through someone else and I took umbrage at that."

Winstone finally did work with Lucas on Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of The Crystal Skull


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