Joe Carnahan insists not being an 'A-Team' fan has made his movie better.

The 41-year-old filmmaker has helmed the recent big-screen remake of the hit 80s TV show - which follows a group of rogue military mercenaries who are on the run over a crime they didn't commit - and thinks his neutrality towards the series meant he wasn't too devoted to keeping in quirks loved by fans.

He explained: "I was not a big 'A-Team' fan as a kid, so I think that made me a better candidate for this job than somebody who grew up loving the show because they would have been more inclined to make sure it was a fan-driven adaptation, and I think that would have been a huge mistake.'

However, the director was careful not to leave too much from the original series out of the movie - which stars Bradley Cooper, Liam Neeson and Jessica Bield - as he didn't want to alienate people.

He added to the Daily Telegraph newspaper: "With 'Miami Vice', there was nothing of the show left in the movie and I wanted to keep things that were important to people who love the show but not completely give in to them. If you're just making a movie for the fans, you really limit yourself."