t's A Man's World: Jason Flemyng
The Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels actor on making Brad Pitt jealous, having the body of a model and finally
beating Jason Statham
Last updated at 9:55 PM on 18th April 2009
He made his name in 'Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels', but the London-born actor claims he lost so much money
gambling with the film's investors in between takes that he had to work the last four days for free.
Now 42, Flemyng is a regular in big-budget movies - his credits including 'The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen', 'From Hell' and 'The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button'. He married actress Elly Fairman last year.
I wore a Kilgour dinner suit to a film premiere and it was so stunning Brad Pitt wouldn't get out of the car when
he saw me.
It was at the LA premiere of Benjamin Button. I had to coax him out, but I could see the jealousy in his eyes. It
was black, Sixties cut, with a pleated white shirt and bow tie. I would class Brad as a mate - we're not talking meeting up in Pizza Express, but he's
been there for me.
I've got the body of a model and the face of a coal miner.
I'm 6ft 1in and slim, so most things fit and I can buy off the peg.
Shabby chic is where I'm at - things that cost a fortune but look like they're 20 years old.
I live in jeans, mainly Wrangler and Nudie. I like them as dark blue as they'll go and tightly woven.
I spent £2,000 on a bespoke Dunhill suit.
But I wear it so much it's the equivalent of a pair of Levi's. If you divide the cost by the number of times you wear it, that gives you a more accurate value for money.
On Lock, Stock we had a bet on who could blag the most freebie designer suits.
Nick Moran won with 15, but I got a creditable nine. And I'm proud to say that a combination of genes, running and a young wife means I can still get into them all today.
I spent £500 on a Belstaff jacket that's so heavy I never wear it.
I like Belstaff, but this feels like it weighs half a ton and it just puts me off. There's a new range of Brad Pitt Belstaffs that came out after Benjamin Button - of course, they look great on him.
A zipped-up tracksuit top and a gold necklace are my standard fare for playing bad boys.
I've had to get them out again to play Glen the coke dealer in my new film, Shifty. It was produced on a £100,000 budget, which would just about pay for the catering on a Hollywood movie, but it's a really impressive film. I often wear my own clothes for roles - and then I pay myself a rental fee by nicking the shoes.
Beating Jason Statham in the London Marathon was one of my best moments.
I run four times a week. Jason is better than me at nearly everything - but I beat him by 25 minutes in 2004. I've run the London four times - I'm going again this year and I always run in aid of Leukaemia Research.
Some skin creams can give you an instant two hours' kip in a tub.
I'm into the whole skincare thing. My favourites at the moment are by Clarins and Nivea.
I'd spend eight hours in make-up for The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
And then three hours to take it off. I would go into work at 1am to be ready on set at 9am. They felt really bad about it and kept apologising. I'd
cough the word Breitling occasionally, but it didn't work.
Interview by Stephanie Smith 'Shifty' is released on April 24.
Flemyng runs in the Flora London Marathon on April 26
Acqua di Parma aftershave (top left)
I love the smell. Tony Curtis wears it - and that's good enough for me.
Paul Smith cravat (top centre)
I love cravats. My dad used to wear them and now I'm really into them, too. My favourite colour is green.
Rolex Submariner (top right)
I love watches, and my favourite is the Submariner Jason Statham gave me as a wedding present.
Apple MacBook Air (above)
I'm an absolute Macaholic. I think I've got every Mac gadget you could name, and as soon as there's a new one on the
market. I'm up for it.
Church's shoes (below)
My favourite pair of shoes are Church's brogues. You know exactly what you're getting and they do last.