Scottish independence: Braveheart stars say Yes

Braveheart cast members attended the 20th anniversary screening at the Dominion. Pic Scott Louden

Braveheart cast members attended the 20th anniversary screening at the Dominion. Pic Scott Louden

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Stars of Braveheart have used a commemorative screening of the film to back independence.

The Mel Gibson blockbuster about the life of William Wallace was shown at the Dominion Cinema in Morningside to mark the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn.

Actors from the film, including prominent Yes campaigner Brian Cox, attended the commemorative screening and backed independence.

Cox said: “Braveheart was just a movie, but this referendum is the real deal; it’s about democracy. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Scotland to take its place in the world.”

Another star, Peter Mullan, backed a Yes vote, but said people “won’t be influenced by a movie”.

Angus MacFadyen, who played Robert the Bruce, said: “I think we should be doing it for ourselves and in charge of our own affairs - simple as that. That’s why I’m for Yes.”