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Dyslexic Sir Tom Jones Struggles To Learn Lines For New Role In 'King Of The Teds'

23/04/2012 12:48 | Updated 23 April 2012

Welsh singer Sir Tom Jones struggled to learn lines for his small screen acting debut because his dyslexia makes memorising scripts incredibly hard.

The veteran crooner enjoyed a small cameo appearance in Tim Burton's 1996 comedy Mars Attacks! playing himself, but he is putting his acting skills to the test with a starring role in a new British TV drama called King of the Teds.

Jones, who appears alongside Alison Steadman and Brenda Blethyn in the film, admits he has been enjoying the work, but he finds acting a lot harder than he thought it would be.

He tells The Sunday Telegraph, "I have always wanted to try to act, but nothing ever came my way. And anyway, singing has always been the most important thing, so I've never really gone after a role...

"I was definitely out of my comfort zone. I learn songs - they come to me easily because songs rhyme; but scripts don't. With songs, you have to have a picture - and I see things in pictures, anyway, because I'm dyslexic...

"I thought acting was going to be more about getting the idea in my head, like I do with songs, and embellish on that. But (King of The Teds writer) Jim Cartwright said it needs to be word for word because certain words trigger certain things, and if that word is similar but not exactly the same, it doesn't have the same flow. I didn't realise it was so important before I actually did it - I thought in acting, they ad libbed."

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