Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Luck Stays with Aussie Liam

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Luck Stays with Aussie Liam

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Byline: NATHANAEL COOPER

WHEN Liam Hemsworth arrived in LA, the former Neighbours star was there to audition for the lead role in Thor.

Not a bad 'get' for your first Hollywood film. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, that role went to his older brother Chris, leaving the door open for producers of the film The Last Song to snap Liam up to play the romantic lead opposite his now girlfriend Miley Cyrus.

"I was really lucky to get work so quickly," Liam said.

"It was a big weight off my mind getting that film. I was there on a three-month holiday visa and if I didn't get work, I was going to have to come home."

Coming home could have meant Liam would have wound up trying his hand at his fall-back career: being a tradie and surfing at home on Phillip Island, Victoria.

But Liam won the role - a part he says he was attracted to instantly.

"I play Will. He is from a rich formal family and he's not the typical cool guy, which is what attracted me to the role in the first place," Liam said. "He is a star volleyball player and looks after baby sea turtles and he is a good guy."

Based on the latest novel by Nicholas Sparks of The Notebook fame, The Last Song is set in a small southern Californian beach town where an estranged father (Greg Kinnear) has the chance to spend the summer with his reluctant teenage daughter (Miley Cyrus), who'd rather be home in New York.

He tries to reconnect with her through the only thing they have in common - music - in a story of family, friendship, secrets and salvation, along with first loves and second chances. And while many have reservations about seeing Miley in her first serious film, Liam is confident her talent will win them over- even if he is a little biased.

"She is great. I was really surprised," he said. "I hadn't seen anything she had done before. She is an incredible actress."

And for Liam's first star turn, he is incredibly happy with the response he is getting for the film from audiences so far.

"I think anyone can relate to it," he said.

"It's a story about first love and death and anyone in life can relate to this film. …

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