Actor to fans: Stop asking me to do the Slumdog dance

Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire.
Dev Patel in Slumdog Millionaire.

DEV Patel wants to shoot people "in the face" when they ask him to do the dance from Slumdog Millionaire.

The 24-year-old actor shot to fame in Hollywood after starring in the 2009 film and while he is grateful to have played a huge part in the movie, which ends with his lead character Jamal and Freida Pinto's alter-ego Latika doing a dance to song Jai Ho, he insists he has "moved on".

He said: "The amount of people who've said to me, 'Do that dance from Slumdog... I just want to shoot them in the face.

"I worked bloody hard on it and I'm proud of it. It's difficult to compete with a movie that won eight Oscars, so if on my grave someone says, 'He made Slumdog Millionaire'. That's great. I feel like I've moved on."


Since shooting to fame in the movie, Patel has lived in Los Angeles but the London-born star admits he misses his mum's cooking.

He said: "I miss my box room and my old Bruce Lee posters. And, it sounds cheesy, but my mum's food. The Indian food in LA is really s***."

Patel first rose to stardom in British teen drama TV series Skinsand revealed the cast used to get paid £1000 to go to university parties, where they were given free drinks and used to ogle girls.

He added to Shortlist magazine: "When we were 16, we got paid £1000 to show up at university Freshers' Week parties, and we'd get drinks and look at older girls ... I look up to the boys, and I always have.

"I got plucked from the street, so I didn't know what I was doing.

"In early episodes you can see me mouthing everyone else's lines - I was bad."

Topics:  celebrity entertainment

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