An article in 'The Guardian' today was entitled :
Tom Conti: 'I knew nothing at all about street dance … '
The veteran Scottish actor has always been a smoothie, and now he's showing off his moves in Streetdance 2.
Things you might like to know about Tom, that he :
* doesn't like to dance, has trouble with the tango, spurns the quickstep, turned down place on tv in 'Strickly Come Dancing' saying "I'd make a total arse of myself".
* plays 'Manu', a curmudgeonly French club owner who helps a troupe of young breakdancers learn how to fuse the energy of street dance with the raw sexuality of Latin and still displays sexual tension with his twenty something street dance partner.
* was classically trained as an actor and was irked by inexperienced cast who had a problem with mumbling their lines, saying : "Elocution! You feel such an old fool, but I'm afraid it's the first rule" and said that being the oldest person on set was sometimes "awful and weird".
* had George Sampson, on the left, who plays the crew manager, 'Eddie', say of him : "I hope when I'm his age I'm as smooth as Tom Conti. He's so graceful. And he was a soldier for trying that salsa."
The film trailer : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBp1X5WYsJs
P.S. My posting on Tom's birthday last year :