Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Chance of Stardom Lost in Bowen

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Chance of Stardom Lost in Bowen

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Byline: james perkins

WHEN I go and see Australia it will be with a sense of what might have been.

I was one of about 100 people from Proserpine and Airlie Beach who lined up to audition for a part as an extra in Baz Lurhmann's movie last year, with the movie being made up the road at Bowen.

I was there to do a story for my former newspaper and thought I may as well put my name down for a chance at glory.

It wasn't so much an audition, but more of a line-up; fill out a form, measure yourself and have your photo taken.

There was an eclectic mix of people there, from school students to old blokes who looked like they walked straight from the pub across the road.

Sadly, Baz never called back to tell me I had missed my calling as a movie star.

Half of Bowen and a few from Airlie got jobs as extras and I had to endure their stories from the set - being part of big bar brawls at "The Territory Hotel", riding horses, sharing cars with the stars, being ordered around by Baz and getting a decent pay cheque for basically standing around and doing nothing. …

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