December 8 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Bar staff at an historic city pub have been caught up in the adrenaline rush of a blockbuster movie – as extras in the hit summer film Rush.
The biopic of the legendary and dramatic Formula One rivalry of British playboy driver James Hunt and Austrian star Nikki Lauda has claimed critical and box-office success, taking more than £4.7m at the UK box office since its September 13 release.
Natasha Walsh and Robert Huggins, who work at the Adam and Eve pub in Bishopgate, were both invited to the set of Rush, some of which was filmed at Norfolk motor racing circuit Snetterton, to work as extras – but didn’t know that they were both working on the film.
Miss Walsh, 27, said: “We’ve worked together for about a year, but we both didn’t know we were in it until afterwards and we were talking about it when it clicked. I think we both had quite different experiences so it was nice to be able to talk about those different experiences, which was really cool to be involved in.”
Mr Huggins, 30, from Lakenham, was called in as a race marshal at Snetterton as classic racing cars from the 1970s were used to film scenes for the movie in May 2012.
And Miss Walsh, from Poringland, was played a spectator for filming at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, being filmed specifically for a close-up of an excited F1 fan in the stands.
She was delighted to meet the movie’s director, Ron Howard, as she is a big fan of 1970s television show Happy Days, in which he starred as a young actor.
Miss Walsh, who runs the Act Out Theatre acting school, said: “It was actually quite scary and seemed really quite dangerous. There was a real steward standing behind us and he was saying the cars were coming too close as the drivers were going so fast and skidding about, coming closer to the barrier than we had expected.”
Mr Huggins became involved as he is a client of Norwich casting agency Power Model Management and has previously done some modelling work.
He added: “I literally just had to stand at trackside with some flags in-hand but it was good fun being involved.”
Their verdict on the film? So far they haven’t been to see it – and they are planning to check it out this week.
Sam Leonard, marketing manager at Cinema City in Norwich, said the film has proved hugely popular in its opening weeks and is still being screened at the St Andrews Street cinema.
Rush was launched at Cinema City with a regional charity gala premiere on September 10, with EDP and Norwich Evening News sports reporter and Formula One expert Michael Bailey hosting a Q&A session with Team Lotus key personnel from 1976, raising £5,000 for the Priscilla Bacon Lodge hospice in Norwich.
“Rush has been one of the biggest films of the year,” Mr Leonard said. “Audience reactions have been enthusiastic, to say the least! We know some customers have returned to see the film again.
“Norfolk definitely has an intense passion for motor racing.”