South Shields actor Lee hopes Lenny McLean movie role will be a knockout

Lee Shone, right, with UFC champ and co-star Michael Bisping.

Lee Shone, right, with UFC champ and co-star Michael Bisping.

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A South Shields actor is hoping his latest film, based on the story of a real-life-hardman, will be a knockout.

Filming has wrapped for Lee Shone on My Name Is Lenny.

Lee Shone with co-star Charley Palmer Rothwell.

Lee Shone with co-star Charley Palmer Rothwell.

The 40-year-old spent time in London working on the film which tells the true story of bare-knuckle fighter Lenny McLean, who was also known as The Guv’nor.

Lee, who is married to Julie and has four children, stars as Trevor Lemon alongside Mad Max: Fury Road and X-Men: Apocalypse star Josh Helman in the title role.

He said: “It was brilliant working on the film, just absolutely amazing.

“I even did another film during that called Double Date, where I play a head doorman sort of character. It just came up while I was there and I was able to go off to do that for a couple of days then come back to My Name is Lenny.

Lee Shone with My Name Is Lenny co-star Sir John Hurt, who plays Lesley Salmon.

Lee Shone with My Name Is Lenny co-star Sir John Hurt, who plays Lesley Salmon.

“The whole thing was just an amazing experience.”

Lee’s first acting job was in Death Race 4, a Universal Pictures film in which he played himself, under his fighting nickname Leeroy. He starred alongside Lethal Weapon’s Danny Glover.

He also appears in upcoming movie The Middle Man – set in the world of crime – as Slug, as well as acting as fight choreographer.

Lee got involved in My Name Is Lenny when he was contacted by the producers.

Lee Shone, far right, with My Name Is Lenny co-stars.

Lee Shone, far right, with My Name Is Lenny co-stars.

Lenny’s son, Jamie McLean, knew Lee from his days as a bare-knuckle boxing champ.

Lee said: “The film really is going to be something special, you could just tell on the set.

“The scenes are just amazing and they’ve filmed everything so carefully, even all his fights are re-created punch for punch and there’s some that are all filmed in one continuous shot so it’s going to look incredible.”

Lee wasn’t the only fighter who was recruited to star in the film. UFC champ Michael Bisping and Derek Heggie also make appearances, among others.

Lee Shone, centre, with co-star and film writer Martin Askew, right, and Jamie McLean, Lenny's son.

Lee Shone, centre, with co-star and film writer Martin Askew, right, and Jamie McLean, Lenny's son.

Lee also worked with and met some big names including legendary actor Sir John Hurt.

He said: “Everyone was just so lovely to me and a massive support as well.

“I was filming one scene and Nick Moran, who was in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, was stood watching and he started clapping at the end. I looked round and realised he was clapping for me and I couldn’t believe it.

“My character is supposed to be terrified a lot of the time, and I actually was, so I suppose that helped quite a lot really.

“Nick spoke to me and told me that I was doing brilliantly and that he thinks I’m going to do big things, and it was just amazing.”

Lee only decided to go into acting two years ago and says he’s worked hard to get where he is now.

Street art by Paul Don Smith for My Name Is Lenny.

Street art by Paul Don Smith for My Name Is Lenny.

He added: “I’ve got a few things in the pipeline now, including one massive thing, but I can’t say anything at the minute.

“This whole thing has just been crazy though. It seems to have just sort of happened overnight but I’ve been working really hard and it’s a really exciting time.”

South Shields actor Lee Shone has completed filming for movie My Name Is Lenny.

South Shields actor Lee Shone has completed filming for movie My Name Is Lenny.