Murdered Harry Potter actor pal in anti-knife crime film
PUBLISHED: 11:09 03 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:01 23 August 2010
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TOP British actor and film hardman Ray Winstone is to appear in a anti-knife crime film, produced by the father of murdered Harry Potter actor Rob Knox. The star of Sexy Beast and Nil By Mouth has agreed to waive his fees having already appeared alongsid
TOP British actor and film hardman Ray Winstone is to appear in a anti-knife crime film, produced by the father of murdered Harry Potter actor Rob Knox.
The star of Sexy Beast and Nil By Mouth has agreed to waive his fees having already appeared alongside the 18-year-old and his brother, Jamie, in the 2004 film King Arthur.
Stab victim Rob once worked part-time at Marks and Spencer at Bluewater. Shortly after he was horrifically knifed to death in 2008 he was given a posthumous award for bravery by Kent Police following an assault on a customer.
The young actor and his brother attended theatre school together as they pursued their film careers before the tragic murder.
Rob, who played Marcus Belby in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, was stabbed to death outside the Metro Bar, Sidcup in May last year
His father Colin Knox, 55, of Ingress Park, Greenhithe, also revealed plans to release a song he wrote after his son's murder at the hands of vile Karl Bishop, 22. He said: "I jumped up and punched the air with delight and gave a big 'Wahoo' when Ray Winstone agreed to star in the 15 minute film.
"To have someone as popular and well-respected involved in the film is phenomenal. People can associate with Ray, they will listen to him and that is exactly what we want. He will propel the awareness of this film, the message we are portraying and take it to a level I could only have dreamed of."
Ray Winstone is a staunch anti knife crime campaigner and worked with Rob and Jamie Knox on the King Arthur film. Colin's brother Brian also appeared in the film as a body standing for the screen star.
Mr Knox added: "It is amazing that Ray is involved and I praise him for taking time out to give his time to this project.
"Ray and Rob worked alongside each other in the 2004 King Arthur film. Rob played the young Bors and Ray was the adult Bors. My other son Jamie played Dagena, it was such a proud moment for the family. It is quite strange, my brother was even Ray's body stand-in. When Brian talked to him and mentioned they had previously worked together Ray said 'You're a handsome looking fella.'"
He added: "I don't want to give anything away about the film, who wants to watch a film that they have heard about, it's like watching a football match after hearing the result. All I can say is it has a powerful message and with Ray's backing we hope it will get plenty of attention. I guess it was fate that Ray would help out given the history with King Arthur."
Mr Knox, the executive producer, has teamed up with his murdered son's friend Aaron Truss, a budding film producer from Chislehurst, to create the film expected to be released in weeks. It is hoped the film and a song, written by the teen's father, can be released in conjunction with a Rob Knox memorial event to be held at Charlton FC's The Valley ground on October 15. firstname.lastname@example.org