DALTON Brooks walked the red carpet on Saturday to receive a homemade Oscar from his family, at a private screening of Unbroken.
“The red carpet event was a bit of a shock when mum first told me,” the former Mt Perry actor said.
“It is pretty cool that the whole event is for me.”
Directed by Angelina Jolie, the film depicts the experiences of USA Olympian Louis Zamperini, who becomes a Japanese prisoner of war after his bomber is shot down in the Second World War.
Dalton appears on screen in a non-speaking role as an American prisoner of war.
“We had a day at Warner Brothers Studios (on the Gold Coast) with a secret service member on how to march properly and do formations,” Dalton said.
“On set, Angelina talked to us one morning about being malnourished, with still a little inkling of pride.
“We needed to find the balance between that ‘lay down and die’ and ‘keep standing and stay alive’ attitude.
“It was quite a pivotal moment to find that in ourselves.”
Dalton said Angelina’s “brilliant” direction extended to speaking personally to the main cast between takes and providing “basic direction a lot of the time” to the extras.
With a 40-second scene taking four to five hours to shoot, Dalton said there was a lot of waiting on set – and two surprise conversations.
Lead actor Jack O’Connell chatted with the crew.
“One of the things he said was ‘keep at it’, make work, do workshops and don’t wait for opportunities.”
Another day, Angelina and Jack included Dalton and a colleague in a chat about cane toads.
“They asked ‘are cane toads dangerous?’ – they’d been having a discussion about which Australian animals were dangerous.”
UNBROKEN: Dalton Brooks, a featured extra in Unbroken, walked the red carpet to receive a homemade Oscar at a private screening for family and friends.
LOCAL ACTORWALKS RED CARPET FOR SCREENING