Shot at star­dom

Bul­lock driver’s team reprise role in next Pi­rates of the Caribbean

Central and North Burnett Times - - THE FENCE POST -

THERE could be some ques­tions raised about what a bul­lock driver in Bin­jour would have to do with the Pi­rates of the Caribbean, but bul­locky Philip Thom­son has the an­swers.

Com­ing from a ham­let called Nat­u­ral Bridge on the NSW, Queens­land bor­der, Mr Thom­son said the movie mak­ing busi­ness wasn’t a new thing for him and his team.

“I have been tak­ing horses and cat­tle up to the Gold Coast movie sets for years,” Mr Thom­son said.

“It is cer­tainly a great way to sup­ple­ment my in­come and I get to meet the stars on the set.”

Mr Thom­son owns a live­stock trans­port busi­ness and is a ma­jor player in the in­dus­try around the bor­der area.

“I had a bul­lock team in the last pro­duc­tion of Pi­rates of the Caribbean and I was thrilled to be asked to bring them back,” he said.

“This one will be the big­gest bud­get movie ever made in Australia and it is a

HOL­LY­WOOD BOUND: Cap­tains Jack Spar­row (Johnny Depp) and Bar­barossa (Ge­of­frey Rush) look­ing for the bul­locky team com­ing over the ridge. thrill to be in­volved.”

Mr Thom­son spent the week in Bin­jour with Rohan Mor­ris watch­ing and help­ing out, show­ing all the bul­lock­ies how he han­dled his an­i­mals.

The Pi­rates of the Caribbean is a suc­cess­ful se­ries of fan­tasy swash­buck­ler movies pro­duced by Jerry Bruck­heimer and based on Walt Dis­ney’s theme park ride of the same name.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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