Body double voyage to Narnia
FOR Hayden Black, running around in armour and talking to lions is all part of the job.
The 19-year-old from Ocean Shores was the ‘body double' for Edmund Pevensie in the latest Chronicles of Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.
“It was awesome,” Mr Black said.
He worked almost full-time for six months on the movie, waking up at 4am to drive to Warner Brothers Movie World on the Gold Coast, where the film was being shot.
“We would meet with directors and they would talk us through the scene,” he said.
“I would play out the scene with the other doubles and then we would play the whole scene out for the actors.”
While Mr Black wasn't leaping out of buildings in place of Edmund, he said he did do some of the stunt work.
“It was just some falling over and stuff,” he said.
Although Mr Black has done some work on commercials, Narnia was the biggest production he has worked on, and was somehow the easiest in which to gain a role.
“My agent told me to go to Movie World as soon as possible,” he said.
“So I went there, walked into the casting room and met with the directors, which doesn't usually happen. Then I got the job. I didn't even know what it was for at the time.
“I got back home and got a call that I would be a body double for Edmund, and I thought ‘that sounds awesome!'”
While the former Mullumbimby High School student was hanging out with the stars, he also had to tackle his HSC, working with a tutor on-set and even completing some of his exams in a trailer between shots.
“I was doing tutoring for my Year 12 HSC and that was pretty tough,” he said.
“And it was a bit weird, I'd come back to school for some exams and people would ask, ‘so how's the world of Narnia?'”
But once the work was done, Mr Black got to sit back with the rest of the cast and crew and watch the premiere of the movie at the cinemas in Pacific Fair, Southport.
Overall, it was an experience Mr Black thoroughly enjoyed, as well as something to put on his resume.
“It was an amazing experience and I met lots of awesome people. It was a massive stepping stone, so I'll see where I can go with it.”