To get under the skin of gangster Manya Surve, who was shot down by Mumbai police in their first official encounter in 1982, John Abraham lived his life for over a year while essaying the role for "Shootout At Wadala".
"I drew a lot of inspiration out of him. In a way, I lived his life, his character for at least one-and-a-half year to play this," John said here Tuesday at the launch of the song "Ala Re Manya" from the Sanjay Gupta-directed gangster drama.
"When you see the film, you will find that I am not John Abraham, I am Manya Surve," he added.
Meanwhile, John, who has portrayed varied roles, finds himself more attracted towards negative characters.
Sharing his fascination for grey characters, John said: "Whenever I do negative roles, the films work. Last time I did a positive role, and the film did not work. I love negative roles."
The intensity of his role will be unveiled when "Shootout At Wadala" will hit the theatres May 3.