Lord Of The Rings star Andy Serkis makes a brief cameo alongside Ian Dury's sons Bill and Albert in the video for The Blockheads' new single Express Yourself. The video is one of three funded by fans via a Kickstarter.com campaign earlier this year (13).
Serkis portrayed Dury, the band's late frontman, in the film Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll.
The single is the first release from the The Blockheads' new album, Same Horse Different Jockey, which was released last month (23Nov13) on the 35th anniversary of the day Ian Dury & the Blockheads only U.K. number one hit, Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, came out.
The daughter of late British rocker Ian Dury has issued a public appeal for the return of her father's lost artworks. The Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick star was a keen artist and an exhibition of his work is about to go on show in London after his daughter Jemima Dury discovered a chest of his paintings in storage while carrying out research for Andy Serkis' 2010 biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
However, a number of pieces he created during his time as a student at London's Royal College of Art in the 1960s have never been found by his family, so Jemima has appealed for anyone who owns one of the works to get in touch.
She tells the London Evening Standard, "They’re such important examples of pop art and have his character all over them. I feel like he was unnecessarily shy of them... I’m kind of guessing certain pieces are in storage or with people he was at college with. Occasionally he gave people a piece of work."
The free exhibition, which launches in London later this month (Jul13), has been paid for by donations taken through crowd-funding website Kickstarter.com and famous fans including Serkis and pop star Robbie Williams have contributed.
The show at the Royal College of Art runs from 22 July (13) until 1 September (13).
Drury died from cancer in 2000, aged 57.
"The Christmas dinner scene, when he spikes his wife's new lover's dinner with hash. That really happened; that came from Baxter. There's a letter on screen that Ian writes to (his daughter) Jemima; that's the actual letter he wrote to her. They went to the lockup where they put all his costumes and stuff and brought it all out for the film." ANDY SERKIS had a lot of help from IAN DURY's son Baxter and the Dury family as he prepared to play the late punk icon in biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll.
"I actually had the chance to meet him in the mid-'90s. The meeting wasn't great, I have to say. He was very much out of order. He didn't suffer fools, put it that way, and he'd had a few to drink. But I was very glad, when I got to play the role, that I'd seen that side of him." LORD OF THE RINGS star ANDY SERKIS on his less than friendly meeting with punk icon IAN DURY, who he plays in biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll.
The movie stars Lord of the Rings actor Andy Serkis as Dury and its release coincides with the tenth anniversary of Dury's death from cancer.
Serkis was granted access to Dury's widow Sophie and his four children as he prepared to take on the role, and he has stayed close to them since.
And the star insists the filmmaking process and the end product have helped the family grieve.
The actor tells WENN, "I think it has been cathartic for them.
"Every year, on the anniversary of his death, the family go to a memorial bench in Richmond Park in London. The bench has a solar panel that you can plug headphones into and listen to Ian's music. Every year on the anniversary, they go there and have a picnic and celebrate him.
"But when the anniversary came around this year, they didn't feel the need to go."
Serkis adds the family were so thrilled with the end product, they handed Serkis and the filmmakers gifts from his estate.
He reveals, "We all went for a meal with his family last week, and we were all given individual Ian's handwritten lyrics."
The Lord of the Rings star lost nearly 30 pounds (13 kilograms) in weight, and then bulked up the right side of his body so he resembled Dury, who was stricken with polio at the age of seven.
After the five week shoot, Serkis "went to Italy and ate a lot of pasta and got my body back to normal very quickly".
But he insists he's never felt the same since.
Serkis tells WENN, "I find myself walking differently, and weirdly I still use my right side more than my left."
Mat Whitecross screened a copy of the film, in which Lord of the Rings star Andy Serkis portrays the late Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick singer, for Hollywood executives at the Sundance film festival in Utah in January (10) - and he was stunned when they presumed Dury was a fictional character.
Now premiering the much-anticipated biopic at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Whitecross tells WENN, "I met with some people who'd seen the film, and I didn't really understand the gist of the conversation. Their questions didn't make any sense.
"They kept asking me, 'Who wrote the music?' After a while I realised, 'They don't know it's a real person'."
But Whitecross is still confident the subject matter will appeal to movie fans, even if they've never heard of Dury, adding, "It didn't matter to them (the movie bosses) that they'd never heard of Ian. They found the story engaging."
The actress received the Best Actress honour for her turn as John Lennon's mother in Nowhere Boy and she used her acceptance speech to thank McAvoy, who was in the audience.
She cooed, "I'd really like to be Mrs. McAvoy for a minute and say thank you for seriously having to live with a flame-haired broken-hearted banjo player for quite some time."
It's going to be an exciting year for the happy couple - the McAvoys are expecting their first child together.
Also among the winners at the London Film Museum event, Fish Tank claimed the night's Best Film prize and Lord of The Rings star Andy Serkis was named Best Actor for his portrayal of disabled punk icon Ian Dury in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
Serkis dedicated the award to the late Blockheads rocker: "Ian, wherever you are, this is for you."
Monty Python star Terry Gilliam was also on hand to present Sacha Baron Cohen with the Peter Sellers Award for Bruno, while veteran director Nicolas Roeg won a special award for his contribution to film.
Serkis recently delved into the music world with a portrayal of the Blockheads star Ian Dury in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
And he would love to land a role playing another music icon - Bono.
He tells British music magazine NME, "I could do Bono. Someone will have to write the screenplay."
Serkis would also relish the chance to play troubled Pogues singer Shane MacGowan. He adds, "Someone also suggested Shane MacGowan to me, that's not a bad story."
The actor - who played Gollum in the fantasy trilogy and King Kong in the recent big screen remake - portrays the Blockheads frontman in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, a new biopic about his life.
And Serkis was so determined to look the part, he endured lengthy gym sessions and waxed all of his body hair off in a bid to emulate the star, who was paralysed down one side.
But the actor's appearance didn't impress his wife, who refused to get intimate with him while he shot the movie.
He says, "I was determined to do anything I could do to inhabit Ian's body and bring him to life. I started working in the gym on his gait - literally hauling a dead left side with a strong right side - months before we shot it. I also had every single hair on my body waxed off. I am very hirsute to say the least.
"She (the beautician) started with my ankles. It was fine at first and I just read my script. Then she crept upwards. When she came to the inner thigh it was excruciating. There were blood blisters all over my legs and she had to do the most tender parts three times. Never again.
"Dury had a boyishness to his body. It was important to me to get it right. But my wife didn't like it. I'm afraid there was no sex - let alone drugs or rock and roll - for months. My wife didn't like the way I looked. I think it freaked her out a bit."