Auditions took place at Shepperton Studios in Surrey. Phil Daniels had been in South Africa filming Zulu Dawn and got some sort of disease.
He was washed out. When the director Franc Roddam saw how sick he was. he told to go home, but he was asked back for a screen test.
When Phil heard that Johnny Rotten was no longer being considered for the lead role, he thought:
“Well, this is it.”