Philip Glenister wants to star in Life on Mars movie

Philip Glenister wants to star in 'Life on Mars' movie, and would jump at the chance of reprising his role in a third series as well

Philip Glenister

Philip Glenister

Philip Glenister wants to star in a 'Life on Mars' movie.

The 53-year-old actor - who played DCI Gene Hunt in the full 16 episodes of the hit police drama and its sequel 'Ashes to Ashes' - has admitted he would have loved to return for another series and would jump at the chance of reprising his role in a film adaptation of the much loved show.

He explained said: "I had lunch a few weeks ago with my erstwhile colleague John Simm and we talked about the fact that we should have done a third series, and possibly if a movie version of 'Life on Mars' came up that would be the route to go down."

And the English star would never turn down the chance of making a comeback if another season was to air.

He explained on 'This Morning': "I've always said I remain agnostic on the subject. It's sort of that never say never."

However, his co-star John Simm - who played Sam Tyler - has revealed he regrets turning down the chance to do a third series in 2011.

Speaking previously, the 45-year-old star said: "If anything, maybe I was a bit hasty with that. I should have done another 'Life On Mars'. Maybe one more. I missed my family and I missed being away from home. The reasons were genuine. If they'd have moved it to London, I would have done it. And then, ironically enough, they did the spin-off in London...

"... I saw that and I thought, 'Oh, for God's sake, we could have worked something out.' It's a shame. It's gone now."

Meanwhile, the news comes after the 70s cop show's co-creater Ashley Pharaoh teased he'd "never say never" to reviving the series, which ran from 2006 until 2007, and revealed he'd love to do a one-off Christmas episode as well.

Ashley said: "We always thought we were going to do three series of 'Life on Mars' - and then it became two. I always wanted to do a Christmas special ... so never say never, I suppose."


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