Clive Owen's novel frustration

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."