Actor and former Rockhampton Grammar Student Alex Russell returned home to Rocky for a brief visit in 2014.
Actor and former Rockhampton Grammar Student Alex Russell returned home to Rocky for a brief visit in 2014. Chris Ison ROK050614crussell2

3 big projects keeping Rocky's Hollywood star busy

ALEX Russell is the latest Aussie actor to step in the cinematic footsteps of Chris Hemsworth, Hugh Jackman and Guy Pearce.

The 29-year old actor is gearing up to release three exciting new projects, screen adaptations of Jungle and Only the Brave as well as the upcoming premiere of the CBS drama, S.W.A.T.

Before 2017 came around, Russell filmed four films back-to-back which took him from Los Angeles to the Gold Coast.

Russell told Entertainment Tonight "having all of the normality, coupled with a bunch of projects coming up that I'm excited about and grateful to be a part of, it' definitely a happy moment.”

The actor said playing real people was a huge responsibility.

His latest three film roles are vastly different in their tone and see the former Rockhampton Grammar School student flex his acting muscle.

In his new film Jungle, which is based on a memoir by Yossi Ghinsberg, whom Alex portrays, fighting for his life after becoming stranded in an uncharted part of the Amazon jungle for weeks.

It is these type of characters which attracts Alex.

"People like this, real-life heroes, people who commit themselves selflessly to something they believe in...the stuff of inspiration and [makes an] example for all of us,” Alex told ET.

"To see what these guys went through and specifically what Yossi went through, it is unbelievable to think how much endurance one person can have and how strong the mind actually is,” he said.

What makes it even more exciting is the talented young actor once lived in CQ and completed his schooling at the Rockhampton Grammar School back in 2004 before going on to attend the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney.

Alex has starred alongside some of Hollywood's biggest stars including Josh Brolin, Daniel Radcliffe, Shemar Moore and Miles Teller.

It has been seven years since the actor landed his first credited role.

However, it was his breakout performance in the 2012 flick Chronicle that gave Alex exposure and had Hollywood executives talking.

The young star said he had many fond memories of making the film.

"It opened so many doors...I think people really appreciated the movie,” Alex said.

Although, he recalled the painfully long audition which lasted almost 10 hours.

Since the release of Chronicle, Alex has landed significant roles in the 2013 Carrie reboot, Stephanie Meyer's The Host and Angelina Jolie's powerful film Unbroken in 2014.



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