"Pale, skinny" does it for Angelina Jolie in Unbroken
IT'S not every day you get to work side by side with a Hollywood superstar like Angelina Jolie.
Which is why Brassall teen Jack Edwards has soaked up the experience of working with the Oscar-winning actress on the set of her new movie.
The film, Unbroken, is directed by Jolie and is currently being shot in locations across Brisbane and the Gold Coast hinterland.
It chronicles the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during the Second World War.
Jack, 18, was cast as one of the prisoners of war and spent the past week on set.
He scored the role after the production sent out a casting call for males aged 18-60 who fitted the physical description of being caucasian and skinny.
"For once in my life being a pale, skinny guy was a good thing," Jack joked.
"I did an audition and screen test and was notified via text message three months later that I had been selected ... it was so exciting."
The St Peter Claver College student said working as an extra on set required early starts and long hours but the experience was worth it.
"I've had to wake up at 3am to be on set by 5am for hair, make-up and wardrobe," he said.
"Then I'd spend the day on set and not leave till about 6pm.
"Seeing first-hand how a big-budget studio film is made is so fascinating though.
"From now on, I don't think I'll be able to watch a movie without deconstructing it in my mind."
The Year 12 student said he even had a chance to speak with Jolie on set - though the verbal exchange was only brief.
"We just exchanged 'hellos' when I saw her on set," he said.
"I've always admired her work as an actress and in real life she's a very nice person and extremely pretty."
Jack said his passion for the performing arts had developed through his schooling.
Drama and media co-ordinator for St Peter Claver, Jason Nash, said Jack had started high school with a speech and language impairment and a shy personality.
"Jack's success is all about hard work and dedication," Mr Nash said.
"He never allowed any setback to deter him. He's an amazing physical performer and living proof of how a subject like drama can take a shy, unassuming child and turn them into a confident, gifted adult."
Unbroken is currently slated for release at Christmas, 2014.