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Byline: Billy Sloan

First Division: James, right, stars with Joe Riley in Control

ACTOR James Anthony Pearson has revealed he learned to play guitar from scratch for his role in Anton Corbijn's stunning movie Control.

He plays Joy Division's Bernard Sumner in the film, which tells the tragic story of singer Ian Curtis.

James said: "I taught myself guitar on an old bashed-up Fender and when we shot the movie it was us playing live in front of 100 diehard Joy Division fans. Bernard also gave us the thumbs-up."

He will also star in New Town Killers, directed by ex-Skids star Richard Jobson and shot in Edinburgh.

Control will be released on DVD on February 11.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 3, 2008
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