Singer Sam Fender is often compared to his hero Bruce Springsteen.

At the premiere of the boss's new movie, however, he said he would rather call himself "s ** t, northeast, geordie version".

The 23-year-old, who won this year's Brits Critics' Choice Award and landed on the top of the charts with his debut Hypersonic Missiles in September, said he "grumbled" among the guests at the BFI London Film Festival Weststerne.

While Springsteen himself gave no interviews, Fender spoke to the media on the red carpet and said the star was his "biggest hero."

But after the comparisons, he said, "That's stupid, I released an album and I'm like a s ** t version of Springsteen.

"The comparisons are just stupid: he's one of the greatest songwriters of all time, he's released 19 albums and I've released an album.

"I'm like an idiot, northeast, Geordie version, I'm actually waiting for the court case when he comes to fetch us for all the songs I've ripped off."

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Western Stars is a documentary about Springsteen's eponymous number 1 album released earlier this year.

It also shows his reflections on his life, home videos and footage with his wife and his E Street bandmate Patti Scialfa.

Although Fender's hometown of North Shields is more than 3,000 miles from Springsteen's in New Jersey, the young singer said he could draw parallels in their upbringing.

"My brother pulled me in with him when I was 15," he said. "I come from a seaside town, a very busy place with many funny comparisons – Jersey Shore and Geordie Shore, that's the obvious."

Fender said Springsteen had "rock'n'roll made him smart" when he was a teenager.

"It was the first time I listened to lyrics," he said. "I mean, I loved AC / DC and all of that, as well as guitar music to get mad and girls, but it was the first time I felt like he was rocking & # 39; Write roll music that deals with my hometown.

"Even though he wrote about Jersey, it felt like he was writing about Shields, and I felt like he was writing about my dad and my mother and brother and all my friends and all the people in the 80s My hometown went down, no matter Jersey.

"I felt like he was writing about the Geordies, and that's what I feel when I listen to one of his songs."

Thom Zimny, who co-directed Springsteen, sees the film as a love letter to Scialfa.

He also said that "after the release of Springsteen's autobiography Born To Run in 2016 and its intimate Show Springsteen On Broadway, which ended in 2018 after three extensions, it feels like part of a trilogy".