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'My film had **** written on every other page'

Pity the poor music artist when he or she makes it big: where once he or she was dirt poor and had completely artistic freedom, now he or she has a bucket load of cash and loads of responsibilities. It's a hard life, innit?

It's the same for Plan B, you know: there he was, just bumbling along as an almost completely unknown rapper and making Ill Manners, when The Defamation Of Strickland Banks came out and made him a bona fide pop star, with a chart-topping album and his face in the papers. He says that his success made the hip-hop musical harder to make, as everyone wanted something they could put out on terrestrial telly; poor lamb, even the BBC were interested in him.

'Halfway through getting the film made, Strickland Banks came out and went 'bang',' he said. 'Suddenly I was a popstar making a film as opposed to an artist - and I felt that. There were all kinds of bureaucracy. I was expected to make a film that the BBC could show on terrestrial television. My film had c**t written on every other page! I've then got the pressure to make this film for f**king BBC television.'

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