I am meaner than Ed Norton in `Italian Job` remake: Neil

Last Updated: Sep 27, 2010, 12:08 PM IST

New Delhi: Neil Nitin Mukesh is itching to play the baddie in the Hindi remake of Hollywood film `The Italian Job` and the actor promises that he will be 100 times meaner than Edward Nortan.

The `Jail` star would be playing the character which was originally enacted by Norton in the 2003 released Hollywood thriller.

Directed by F Gary Gray, `The Italian Job` was about a gang of robbers who created the largest traffic jam in Los Angeles history, hence giving them time to pull off a theft of gold bullion.

"The Indian character would have a far greater depth. The Hindi remake will retain the fun and thrills but we saw only one side of Ed Norton in the original. However, my character is 100 times meaner than him," Neil told reporters.

Director duo Abbas-Mustan are currently scouting the location for the film and the actor says they would soon sit together to finalise the look and graph of the character Talking about his look, Neil does throw a hint about growing a beard and long hair for his role.

"I can`t say much about my look since it is still under the process of being finalised. But yes, to give my character a mean look, I would most likely be seen in a beard and long hair. It will stand out for sure," says Neil, who first got noticed with debut film `Johnny Gaddaar`.

In fact the new look should pretty much augur well with those who felt that he was way too neat in the role of a `tapori` for `Lafangey Parindey`.

"I was appalled when some felt I was too good looking for my part of a `tapori`. Come on, can`t people in `bastis` and `chawls` be good looking," says the actor.

While he waits for the shooting of `The Italian Job` to kick start in the month of November, he is also looking forward to the release of Vishal Bhardwaj`s `Saat Khoon Maaf` where he plays one of the seven husbands of Priyanka Chopra.

The film is expected to release in January next year. "It was wonderful interacting with such talented people in the film even though that was for a relatively smaller part," he says.

PTI