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Hugh Keays-Byrne has died aged 73.

The actor, who was best known for playing two different villains in two of the ‘Mad Max’ movies, passed away on Tuesday (01.12.20) morning, his representative has confirmed.

Keays-Byrne played Toecutter in 1979’s ‘Mad Max’, and then returned to the franchise 36 years later to play Immortan Joe in 2015’s ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’.

When he was young, the actor moved to Britain to train as a theatre actor and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1968, and booked small parts in 1974’s ‘Stone’, as well as 1976’s ‘Mad Dog Morgan’ and ‘The Trespassers’.

Keays-Byrne landed his first leading role in 1978’s TV film ‘The Death Train’ before he went on to bag his breakout role as the villainous Toecutter opposite a young Mel Gibson in 1979’s apocalyptic sci-fi film ‘Mad Max’, which became a cult hit and spawned a franchise.

The star then continued to work in television, and was known for his performance as Mr. Stubb in the 1998 mini-TV series ‘Moby Dick’, and ‘Farscape’.

Then, in 2007, Keays-Byrne received a phone call from his ‘Mad Max’ director George Miller, who offered him the part of Immortan Joe, the leader of a post-apocalyptic village in which he rules by limiting the water supply and using beautiful women to birth his followers coined ‘War Boys’, in 2015’s ‘Fury Road’ opposite Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

And following the sad news of his passing, Charlize was one of the first people to take to social media to pay tribute to her co-star.

She wrote on Twitter: “RIP Hugh Keays-Byrne. It’s amazing you were able to play an evil warlord so well cause you were such a kind, beautiful soul. You will be deeply missed my friend. (sic)”

Details surrounding Keays-Byrne’s death are not yet known, but filmmaker Brian Trenchard-Smith said in a Facebook post that the actor had died “in hospital”.



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Anne-Marie | Anne-Marie and KSI to work on new track together

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Anne-Marie and KSI are working on a second track together.

The pair’s collaboration with Digital Farm Animals, ‘Don’t Play’, went to number two in the UK singles charts and they are already working on a follow up.

Anne-Marie told The Sun’s Bizarre column: “Number two is basically a number one for us! It feels amazing to be starting 2021 with a banger and the music video is popping off and it’s streaming loads so it’s great.

“I am very open and honest and I try to be as down to earth as I can be all the time but meeting JJ opened my eyes even more.

“He is so real, it was very inspiring. He taught me to be myself and not to change myself for anyone. And his laugh is as crazy as mine. I was so happy about that.”

The video sees them boxing together in a ring and KSI admitted Anne-Marie has great talent.

He said: “Legit, she can kick. She can get her leg quite high up and give a few people a few roundhouse kicks left, right and centre. She could kick people through walls.

“She has power. I had my hands out to take her punches and I was like, ‘Damn! I see you, Anne-Marie.'”



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Ben Affleck | Ben Affleck says he is a better actor now than when he was younger

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Ben Affleck believes his acting has improved as he has gotten older.

The 48-year-old actor – who shot to fame with ‘Good Will Hunting’ in 1997 – believes getting older and having different life experiences has improved his acting abilities.

Speaking to Sacha Baron Cohen for Variety about his movie ‘The Way Back’, Ben said: “I feel like my own acting, at least by my own standards, has gotten better as I’ve gotten older, and had more life experiences and had more stuff to access. And with a role like that, I am an alcoholic, so I understood to a certain extent the alcoholism, but I haven’t lost a child. This guy’s had a very different life from mine, but what was interesting about the story was I hoped people would find some catharsis in watching him go through something very difficult. I was concerned that I have to find ways to make this as realistic as possible.”

Ben also revealed that directing ‘The Town’ and ‘Argo’ has made him a better actor.

He said: “This was a bit atypical for me. I’ve kind of changed as an actor, my approach, particularly from before and after I started directing, because it was really instructive. I learned more about acting from directing than I did from acting classes. There’s something really valuable about being on the other side, and seeing what works and what doesn’t. And what you can do editorially, and just getting used to the sound of your own stupid voice.”



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Keisha Buchanan | Keisha Buchanan: I’m focusing on work in 2021!

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Keisha Buchanan says 2021 is her year for “work”.

The former Sugababes star has revealed she’s set herself “work goals” for the next 12 months, which include putting herself out there and taking some career risks that she’s always wanted to try.

She said: “A lot of the time, I make goals for personal growth. Like if I want to be more disciplined, more patient, whatever it is, I set those types of goals more so than anything else. But I think this year I really want to try and achieve some work goals.

“For me, I think that life is precious. I need to stop all this pussyfooting around and just not be in my head so much and just try. And do things that I enjoy.”

Keisha, 36, spoke as part of a YouTube video that outlined her plan for 2021, and said that speaking to her fans in her vlogs is something she wants to continue doing throughout the year.

She added: “I want to do things that I really enjoy doing, and this is one of them, speaking to you guys on camera. For some reason I feel like I’m able to just be myself and it feels great just being able to express myself. I talk to myself in my head all the time so this is great for me.”

The ‘Push the Button’ hitmaker also revealed she wants to prioritise exercise and healthy eating this year, as she’s keen to lose weight.

But Keisha can’t go running, as the exercise leaves her in pain.

She said in her video: “I’m at the point where when I’m walking, my knees are hurting. I can’t run because that’s just crazy. I can’t … even walking down the stairs really hurts.

“My last doctor’s appointment, they said my cholesterol is a bit high, so that’s how I know that I’m just like [I need to make changes]. I feel like my main thing is just making sure that I feel really good in my own body, and that I’m healthy.”



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