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Entertainment River City star Stephen Purdon 'sore' after Martin Compston beat him to movie role

12:25  02 august  2020
12:25  02 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Purdon, best known for his role as Shellsuit Bob in the BBC soap, got down to the final two against the actor when auditioning for the gritty 2002 film.

Greenock-born Compston, 36, landed the role of baby-faced thug Liam whilst Purdon, 37, was given a smaller part in the film directed by Ken Loach.

But despite finding the knockback hard to take, Purdon was full of praise for Compston, who he described as a “cracking boy”

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Speaking on the The DW Podcast last month Purdon, from Stepps, Glasgow, said: “I got down to the final two and it was between me and Martin Compston to get the part.

“It was a sore one. I remember going to the audition, I’d seen Martin a few times through the process.

“It got to the point when it was six of us left, then four of us left.

“Then when I heard, ‘Right, this is the final call back, it’s between you and another boy’.

“I went, ‘I know who it is, I bet you it’s that boy.’

“I went in and there’s Martin.

“I get on well with Martin, he’s a cracking boy.

“I went in and did the final audition. Phone call the next day and I hadn’t got it.

“But I still got a part in it and working with Ken Loach was great.”

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