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Top Gear crews film movie car chase
Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May. Picture: Supplied.

Director Nick Love had some expert help while filming a car chase for his new movie The Sweeney - camera crews from hit British motoring show Top Gear shot the sequence.

Love was determined to put together a realistic and dramatic chase sequence for the upcoming action movie, which stars Ray Winstone and rapper/actor Plan B as street-hardened London cops.

He enlisted the help of experienced crews from the BBC TV show, and Plan B - whose real name is Ben Drew - has praised the director for his "genius" move.

"The trouble was, Nick's never done a car chase before," Drew told British magazine Live. "So who was he going to ask? Who's got the best experience? Top Gear. That was a touch of genius, I thought. Very resourceful. No one had asked them before, so they did it for us."

Producer Chris Simon added: "It took six months of planning and right up to the day we didn't know if it was going to happen or not. We're not really meant to admit that Top Gear shot it for us. Licence-fee money isn't supposed to subsidise our budget. In fact, it cost us so much money to have them on set that we were slightly down on the deal. But it was worth it."