Dal­ton’s day

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.


Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

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