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Attenborough adamant to go back to films

Despite two major health scares and months in hospital, Hollywood legend Richard Attenborough is determined to take on the 74th film role of his career.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2009 14:30 IST

Despite two major health scares and months in hospital, Hollywood legend Richard Attenborough is determined to take on the 74th film role of his career.

The 85-year-old is adamant enough to go back to films this summer than opting for a prolonged spell of rest and recuperation at his age even when he was leaving a South-West London neurological clinic in a wheelchair with his wife Sheila and son Michael, reports dailymail.co.uk.

"He remains committed to the project. He has been growing stronger by the day. He is confident he will be well enough by the summer," said his spokesperson.

The actor was seen in public for the first time since being knocked unconscious in a fall in December that left him in a coma.

The fall was Attenborough's second scare in recent months. Last summer, he blacked out because of a heart irregularity and was fitted with a pacemaker.

But making a steady recovery has put him on course again to start filming the medieval action thriller Ironclad.

He will play an archbishop in the film, in a cast which also includes Robert Carlyle, James Purefoy and Pete Postlethwaite.