Local lad to star in Hollywood blockbuster

A BRIGHT young star from Jiggi has been dubbed a little Marlon Brando by the director of the new Hollywood supernatural thriller, Triangle.

Nine-year-old Josh McIvor plays Tommy in the movie, which is being filmed on the Gold Coast, and his on-screen mother is Australian actress Melissa George (30 Days of Night, Alias).

Triangle is designed to be a box-office hit and it is Josh's first feature film.

Director Christopher Smith is pleased with Josh's performances so far in the film and commented on how professional he was for a young boy.

And Josh is keeping a fairly level head on his pre-pubescent shoulders. Forget the glamour of attending Hollywood premiers and meeting A-list celebrities, the budding movie star just wants to act.

"I'm going to be a giant movie star," Josh said. "I want to do this for the rest of my life.

"My favourite part of the film is the crash scene, which looked pretty cool, and the blood they put on my face was very cool.

"I just want to do as much acting as I can. It's pretty fun."

Josh experienced his first taste of the perks that go along with being a Hollywood movie star with his own trailer on the set of the film.

"The trailer was great. It was air-conditioned and I played PlayStation2 while I was waiting," he said.

Although Josh doesn't get star struck around celebrities, he was impressed with Ms George.

"Melissa George is definitely really nice," he said.

"And she has a really big, fancy trailer. But she's also a really good actor."

Josh's mother, Sarah Hall, is proud of her son and vows to support him in his dream for as long as he wants to pursue it. "He loves it and everyone on set just loves him," Ms Hall said.

"He's kind of a natural. He doesn't really have to try. They only have to tell him his line once and he's got it.

"It is a lot of travelling for us, but we want him to have this experience to see if it makes him happy - and it does."

Ms Hall said Josh had always been a smart, outgoing child and being an actor seemed to be a logical step. And it's not only Josh acting in his first feature film; Ms Hall's other two children are making strides into the entertainment industry on their own accord.

"The kids used to be with other agents and they never got anything," she said.

"I went to see Gilchrist Casting and Charmaine was great. We've been with her for 18 months and she's the reason Josh got the part."

On Monday, Josh will fly to Sydney to audition for the lead role in another feature film. He will be competing against hundreds of children from across the country to play the role of Tom in a new movie called Home, set in 1902.


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