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About The Production (Continued)

"Lock, Stock…" was a training ground for SNATCH in many ways. For example, Alan Ford, an authentic East Ender, who was the narrator in "Lock Stock" and Sting's barman, plays the local kingpin villain Brick Top – a man with a penchant for dog fights and clever body disposals on his pig farms.

Ford's menacing performance is all the more terrifying when he utters such lines as "Get us a cup of Tea, Errol" and declining sugar because "I'm sweet enough."

Another player from "Lock, Stock…" is Jason Flemyng, who plays Darren in SNATCH, Mickey's gypsy best friend. "There are a lot more gags in SNATCH and plenty more action," says Flemyng. "What you end up with is this deadpan humor that works because Guy tells everyone to deliver their lines as if ordering a pint of milk."

According to Casting Director Lucinda Syson, Flemyng took a smaller role to what he's accustomed because he loves working with Guy, not to mention that he recognized the strength of the script. "He just wanted to be part of the boys again after the fun of "Lock, Stock…," says Syson. "But as the filming went on, his role became more important. The pikey community simply grew around Brad's character and Jason just gave enormous support."

"I am going to be the most famous extra after this film," muses Flemyng "because I can say I'm Brad Pitt's side kick! Besides, nobody is going to recognize me as I have a long red wig on, I'm unshaven and I look like I am recovering from a severe hangover."

Ade, who makes his screen debut as Tyrone the portly getaway driver, reveals that just being on set was entertainment in itself: "Guy knew what he wanted, but he allowed us to be creative and funny and try things out."

Stephen Graham, the Liverpudlian who plays Cockney Thug Tommy, couldn't agree more. "Guy always had a plan, a structure, and he kept everyone on the go. But once the camera was rolling, he let the scene develop its own magic."

Vaughn elaborates on the casting of Graham: "Tommy's character was probably the most difficult to cast. We found our Tommy just a week before shooting. He had to have that rare chemistry with Turkish, being his cheeky sidekick." Together Turkish and Tommy run – badly – an amateur boxing syndicate, desperately trying to keep up with the more ruthless, professional gamblers on the circuit.

Graham enjoyed every minute of filming. "Being part of this cast is just like being on a football team. There is no lead and there is total trust," he says.

Statham remembers one particular scene which evolved with a mind of its own. "There's a scene when we are marching Brad out of the boxing ring and we've got all the extras there and, all of a sudden, a riot starts. This was never scripted…so we have a lot of fun with chairs flying and all that! A lot of stuff just sort of happens on the day…its part of the fun."

Jason Statham, gleaned from the original "Lock, Stock…" cast, jokes that Turkish and Tommy are the "George and Mildred" of the criminal underworld. "We all wheel and deal but to different degrees. Everyone's plans collide and go haywire, with the madcap nature of it all getting bigger and bigger and this diamond still floating around London," he says.

"It's a great ensemble piece where there aren't any real leads," adds Statham. "Except for the dog - he's the star! He was just uncontrollable – attacking everything, especially leather which, unfortunately, featured highly in our wardrobe."

The bumbling pawnshop owners - Vinny (Robbie Gee) and Sol (Lennie James) - were very hard to cast. "They had to have that special, natural comedy element between them while ganging up and maki

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