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Stars arrive for work on two movies and a TV film
June 22, 2004
Movie heart-throb Sean Bean is in the Island working on his latest film, The
The star, who appears alongside Brad Pitt in the blockbuster epic Troy,
has been spotted out and about and mingled with football fans in Douglas
pub Strand 58 to watch England's Euro 2004 victory over Switzerland on
Shooting on The Dark, directed by John Fawcett, started yesterday (Monday)
and the film crew is expected to spend three weeks in the Island.
Bean, who made his name in the television series Sharpe, has established
himself as a leading film star with roles such as Odysseus in Troy and
Boromir in the first of the Lord of the Rings films. His co-star in The Dark
is Maria Bello, best known for her part in Coyote Ugly.
The movie is based on Simon Maginn's novel Sheep and tells the story of
grieving parents - played by Bean and Bello - who meet a young Welsh girl
with a striking resemblance to their daughter, who drowned in an accident.
After a string of big-budget movies, the independent thriller is a change of
pace for Bean, who was recently voted second behind fellow Troy and Rings
star Orlando Bloom in a list of best-looking British actors.
Work is also under way on star-studded movie On a Clear Day.
It tells the story of a man in his 50s who enters a spiral of depression after
being forced to leave his job in the Glasgow shipyards. He decides life isn't
over yet and, to prove it, attempts to swim the English Channel.
On a Clear Day, directed by Gaby Dellal, stars Scottish actor Peter Mullan,
best known for his award-winning performance as a recovering alcoholic in
Ken Loach's My Name is Joe, in the lead role.
It also features Brenda Blethyn, Jodhi May and Billy Boyd, who starred as
Pippin in Lord of the Rings alongside Sean Bean. Shooting is expected to take
three weeks.
Also this week the third instalment in TV favourite David Jason's Quest
series goes into production.
The Quest and the Second Quest, filmed in the Island, brought in millions
of viewers for ITV, if not rave reviews. The Third Quest is expected to film
here for about two weeks.


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