“ARE you talking to me ... Robert De Niro?”
And the answer for Rocky boy and rising star Alex Russell is yes.
Although he narrowly missed out on a role in a television series being produced by De Niro, the famous actor's people told Alex the Hollywood superstar was very impressed by his skills and they would be watching his acting career closely.
But Alex had no time to be disappointed.
Last week he landed a lead role in American film The Chronicle, being produced by studio giant Fox.
“This is one I'm thanking my lucky stars for,” he said.
“It's a real game-changer.”
Alex will have to channel his experiences at Rockhampton Grammar School in his role, as he plays a student in his senior year.
It will be a change from his role as villainous big brother Zack in the Australian-made Wasted on the Young, which recently appeared in Birch Carroll and Coyle theatres.
Movie reviewer Richard Houlihan described Alex's performance as “impressive” in the “cold, tragic, and mind-blowing tale”.
Whereas The Chronicle revolves around the telekinetic powers, Alex's character and those of two of his friends develop after they venture into a mystical cave.
“It focuses on that saying, with great power comes great responsibility,” Alex said.
“It's a great film, with great special effects.”
And fans won't have to wait long to see it, with it screening in Australia in February next year.
Alex also stars in two other films yet to be released, including an American drama and Australian film Bait.
But when asked how many famous people he had met he was still every bit the humble Rocky boy.
“I don't really want to name-drop if that's okay, I'd feel a bit up myself,” Alex explained.
“(I get) nervous all the time,” he said.