Sam Riley wants Helen Mirren's career

August 25th, 2011

Sam Riley "dreams" of having a career like Dame Helen Mirren.

The 31-year-old actor starred opposite the British star in movie 'Brighton Rock' and he reveals he often had a "moment" when he had left filming on set because of the famousness of the other people working with him.

He said: "I'm not formally trained, really. When you're actually doing a scene with somebody like that, you've got your eye on the ball. You don't think, for a second, that it's Helen Mirren or John Hurt or Andy Serkis. You're in the moment.

"It's when you go home at night that you think, 'F***in hell, I just slashed John Hurt across the face today,' and then it hits you. I dream of having a career like those three - to always be able to do work and be in different things.

Working on the movie, which was shot in the town of Eastbourne, was a "lovely" experience according to Sam but he is not sure what he learned from it.

He said: "It was certainly one of the most pleasurable experiences I've ever had, working in any form - to work with such great people. The crew were lovely. The English seaside is a fantastic place to shoot. I couldn't say what I've learned, but I'm hopefully going to take away what I did learn and what good things I did, and remember them for the next time."