Opinion

Sinking teeth into snack table more than movie role

A MOVIE called Broke is currently being filmed right here in Gladstone!

And, oddly enough, it's not based on my financial history.

I did score a small part though, after the producers misheard a comment from a mate who had described me as a "full on bit of an artist".

So, as "Walking Customer #2 at the service station", my dazzling four seconds of acting brought a depth to the role that was slightly deeper than the paper it was written on.

Although my best acting was done behind the scenes when I pretended to be assisting the caterers; but was actually hoovering up all the good snacks.

In between scoffing down free food and thumbing through the expensive magazines in the service station, I caught up with the nice folk who were making the film; usually just after they'd asked me, "Who are you? And why are you drinking my coffee?!"

The lead actor, Steve le Marquand, plays a down and out ex-footballer living on Gladstone's streets, and he's captured the role so perfectly that when he wandered over to introduce himself, I growled, "Shove off pal, these sandwiches are for the cast and crew!"

Fortunately, I wasn't the only one fooled.

Apparently several passing locals also offered Steve money and food during filming and he was so impressed by our local generosity that he declared, "If I ever end up living on the streets, then I'm definitely doing it here in Gladstone. It's warm, and the locals give you stuff!"

At this point I politely asked him not to spread this around when he got home.

Filming wraps up in a couple of weeks' time, and if you'd like to meet one of the stars, just look for a broke-looking bloke "assisting" the caterers.

Topics:  acting, broke, gladstone, greg bray, opinion




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