Turpin, a notorious thief and murderer in the 18th century, has been romanticised through his appearances in English literature and film projects, but Crook is desperate to reveal his darker side.
The actor has started to write his own screenplay for a big screen biopic, and wants to play Turpin himself.
He tells Britain’s Daily Mail, “It’s my dream role. It would be the true story as opposed to the legend of this dandy highwayman. He was a vicious criminal and a murderer.
“His face was heavily pock-marked and he was a thin man with a stark face; I could play that.”