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The Beat Goes On

LONDON -- It's tough being an actor from Liverpool. Just ask Ian Hart."If you're from Liverpool and you're young, the major thing you're asked to act is running away from the police -- or driving," the boyish-looking Hart, 29, says. "I've shot...

"Great guy, Jimmy," Hart says, laughing.

Jimmy's resting for a bit while Hart enjoys the attention generated by "Backbeat." He already has another film lined up -- a Ken Loach production in Spain about the Spanish Civil War. In typical Loach style, there's no script. Hart knows nothing about his character except that he's English and fights with the anarchists. After that, he's not sure, and says he might go back to working in a restaurant.

But he's learning quickly about the film business -- Hart now insists a car pick him up and take him home after interviews.

"I was spending all my money getting to London from Liverpool to do interviews," Hart says, chuckling. "I didn't wise up until week six. But now I'm a pro."
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