Ray Winstone Enjoys A Tear-Jerker At Christmas
Movie hard man Ray Winstone has revealed a softer side - admitting he loves having a cry in front of the TV at Christmas.
The 56-year-old, famous for playing violent characters in films such as Scum and The Departed, said his age had changed the way he chooses his roles.
Nowadays he relishes making the sort of family drama he can watch with his three daughters.
Talking at the first screening of his new Sky1 Christmas drama Moonfleet, Winstone admitted he loves watching shows that leave him wiping away the tears over the festive season.
He added that modern films were not often the sort that different generations could all enjoy.
"TV and films brought families together, but these days you find yourselves sitting in different rooms watching TV," he said.
"It's not often you get together to have a cuddle in front of the telly. There aren't enough shows that bring a family together any more."
He added that studios usually wanted "crash, bang, wallop", but Moonfleet, based on an 1898 novel by J Meade Falkner, is like the Charles Dickens classic Great Expectations.
The big-budget period drama, which follows a young man finding his way in the world, will be on Sky1 HD between Christmas and New Year.
"I'm usually stabbing someone, but actually when I do family drama, I'm good at it," Winstone said.
"I'm good at hugging and kissing people!"