Clive Owen's novel frustration

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Sir Ranulph Fiennes' controversial novel "The Feather Men" is adapted to the big screen in this 2011 action thriller. When his mentor (Robert De Niro) is taken captive, a retired member of Britain's Elite Special Air Service (Jason Statham) is forced into action. His mission: kill three assassins dispatched by their cunning leader (Clive Owen). Also starring Dominic Purcell and Yvonne Strahovski.
September 24th, 2011

Clive Owen finds it "frustrating" reading the books his movies are based on.

The British actor has a rule for himself that if he is starring in a film based on a novel, he won't read the original story as it may be radically different from the role he is working on.

He said: "I'm a great believer that once you start shooting you have to go with the script.

"If you are making a script based on a book it can be frustrating going back to the source novel, because you're turning the story into a totally different thing; the narrative of film is different from that of a book."

Clive's latest movie, 'Killer Elite', is based on the 1991 novel 'The Feather Men' but he insists there is only a loose link between the two.

He said: "This is one of those movies where when they say it's based on the book, it's meant in the broadest terms.

"It really is just taking the original premise - the original central storyline of gthose guys getting killed and a group of ex-SAS people trying to find out who is behind the killings."