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The twenty-year-old also urinated on the Premier Inn floor and racially abused a staff member. He told the judge: “I really am truly ashamed of myself”

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'HERE, LOOK]' Stephen Frears said, pretending to be awe-struck. 'Here's my producer] A real-life, Hollywood producer]' We were loitering on the pavement outside his house in Notting Hill Gate: Frears was unshaven and dressed, much as the actress Glenn Close once described him, 'like a stadium after the game'. He was about to have his picture taken. On the other side of the road, a taxi had just drawn up, and a harassed-looking woman with a blonde crop was getting out. This was Laura Ziskin, producer of No Way Out and Pretty Woman and Frears' latest film, Accidental Hero. She wore round, green-tinted spectacles, with customised, green-tinted flaps.

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