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My new diet is batty but it means I'll be the perfect fit as a superhero's dad; ACTOR ON MISSING OUT ON WOLVERINE, COMIC CUTS AND TURNING TO CRIME; Dougray shapes up to star in new telly blockbuster.

Byline: Rick Fulton

Dougray Scott has revealed he's following the Kourtney Kardashian route to fitness as he takes on his first comic book role in new TV blockbuster Batwoman.

The 53-year-old Fifer was in the frame to play superhero Wolverine 20 years ago but had to step aside for Hugh Jackman due to filming commitments.

And while he insists he has no regrets, Dougray said he is now enjoying getting super-fit to star as military man Jacob Kane, father of Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, in the new superhero series.

He said: "I go the gym every day and I do this crazy diet. I do the intermittent fasting diet so I can keep lean. I do two meals a day. I do a small breakfast and I do lunch and then that's it. And then I'll go cycling and I'll go to the gym."

Intermittent fasting is based on only eating within a window of eight hours a day.

Breakfast is taken at 10am and the last meal of the day before 6pm. It's popular with A-list stars including Kardashian and Nicole Kidman, who credit it with maintaining their slender frames.

Although Dougray is trying to look the part for his latest role, he has already nailed another side to the character, who is a former military colonel in command of Gotham's private security firm The Crows when Batman quits the city.

Dougray said: "I have to fire a gun, which I'm good at. I can do that. And I have to punch and I can do that as well."

It's a new challenge for the Glenrothesborn actor who broke out in the 90s playing Lewis in Crow Road, Terry in dark comedy film Twin Town and starring in Hollywood blockbuster Deep Impact.

Since then, he's gone for comedy or drama. He had roles in Bletchley Park drama Enigma, thriller Ripley's Game and he played Ian in Desperate Housewives.

He was even tipped as a replacement for Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in the early noughties, although the role went to Daniel Craig.

Dougray couldn't take the part of Wolverine as he was working on Mission: Impossible 2. He said: "Wolverine was a part I got offered and I turned down three times and I didn't want to do it.

"Then they persuaded me to do it and I was about to do it and then the movie I was doing at the time, Mission: Impossible 2, overran so I couldn't do it in the end. It's so part of my past that I never think about it."

Batwoman is in the DC Comics stable - part of the Arrowverse which began with Arrow and includes The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow.

The new series, which will be shown on CW in October and will air in the UK on Sky One shortly afterwards, will see Dougray star alongside the first openly gay superhero character Batwoman, played by Austrian actress Ruby Rose.

He said it's the first time he's been drawn to a comic book character since Wolverine.

Dougray added: "Comic book stuff wasn't something I had to do.

FAMILY wife Claire "I'm excited to do this because it's new and Batwoman is a character that people don't know a lot about, so I think from that point of view, it's exciting for everyone - for the network, for the audience."

Batwoman was introduced as a love interest for Batman in 1956, largely as an answer to a publication that accused Batman and sidekick Robin of promoting a gay lifestyle. Robin also got a girl pal in the form of Batwoman's niece Batgirl.

Batwoman was dropped but rebooted in 2006 by, among others, Scots comic writing legend Grant Morrison, who reincarnated her as a lesbian and established the red-haired, red, black and grey costumed superhero.

In the series, Jacob is dad to twins, which is something Dougray knows all about.

He has 21-year-old twins Eden and Gabriel with his former wife Sarah Trevis. The actor is also father to son Milo, four, with actress wife Claire Forlani.

The storyline sees one of Jacob's twin daughters and his wife killed.

He sends his surviving daughter Kate away from Gotham for her safety. When Batman leaves, Jacob makes it his mission to "protect his city better than the Dark Knight ever could".

Kate returns to the city and their reconciliation turns to conflict as Kate becomes Gotham's new caped crusader.

Batwoman is Jewish, which means Dougray's character is, too. But the actor didn't feel he had to swot up on Jewish culture for the part, given he appeared in the 2006 mini-series The Ten Commandments.

MAN With Forlani He laughed: "I played Moses, so I've had pretty good training to be a Jewish father."

Dougray said he had a great relationship with 33-year-old Ruby, who starred in Orange is the New Black and films The Meg and John Wick: Chapter 2. He said: "We got on very well really quickly. We like each other. I adore her. She's great. She's a lovely girl, really lovely, so I love working with her."

The pair will be filming together until next March in Vancouver, Canada. Then, Dougray will star in and produce Crime, a TV series based on friend and fellow Hibs supporter, Irvine Welsh's book, which is a sequel to 2013's Filth.

Dougray plays the present day version of Ray Lennox, played by Jamie Bell in the film.

When he does finally have some down time, though, he will indulge some of his many passions.

He said: "I'm a big reader. I like to read. I like to play golf and I like to watch football. I like going to art galleries and museums. That's what I do."

I do a small breakfast and I do lunch and that's it. Then, I'll go cycling and to the gym


SCREEN BIG SHOTS Jackman's Wolverine, Batwoman and Scott in Mission: Impossible: 2

THIS IS THE FIFE Dougray Scott enjoying down time. Pic: Andreas Rentz
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