The director behind Pete Doherty's upcoming acting debut has praised the British rocker's "amazing skill" and dedication to the role.
The Babyshambles and Libertines musician is set to star alongside actress Charlotte Gainsbourg in French production Confession d'un Enfant du Siecle, based on the semi-autobiographical novel by 19th century writer Alfred de Musset.
Moviemaker Sylvie Verheyde is directing Doherty in the film, and she insists the troubled singer's unreliable reputation has not been an issue on set.
She tells Q magazine, "He is a poet and a character... Octavian (Doherty's character) and Peter have the same complexity and paradox - to us, it was just a little step to cross to find Peter... You don't become an actor by going to classes...
"At our first meeting, he knew half the scenario of the book by heart. He has an amazing memory and his reliability is not even a question. It's why Charlotte came on board. She is very picky about her projects. It's just obvious that he has an amazing skill."