MAN ON TRAIN
Saluting the scene-stealers
THIS MONTH: EMERGENCY WORKER, THE MUMMY
MOST MAN ON Train candidates are one-scene wonders; day players who show up, knock it out of the park, and then go home again. Not Timothy Allsop. When he appears in Alex Kurtzman’s
The Mummy, as an emergency worker checking out a plane crash, he quickly gets bumped off by Sofia Boutella’s titular terror. Then resurrected by her ancient magicks, Emergency Worker bounces back and spends the movie pursuing Tom Cruise. We never learn anything about him, other than his name is Alan. But he’s a strong contender for 2017’s most indefatigable movie character.
Indefatigable would also sum up Timothy Allsop, the actor who brings Emergency Worker to life. A stage veteran, he’s been patiently awaiting his break into movies, having been cast and then pre-emptively cut as Pete Townshend in Brian Helgeland’s Kray twins drama, Legend. Then along came The Mummy, where he improvised a “feeling of nausea” in the screen test, and bagged the role, finding himself on set at Shepperton Studios. “There was a huge trench which then became a river, and they’d built a bridge,” says Allsop. “It was impressive.”
As the living Alan, Allsop doesn’t share any screen time with Cruise, but did get to meet him when The Cruiser visited the set. “It was nice to meet him and talk briefly.” After that, it was off to Cgi-land, with Allsop being scanned into a computer so Undead Alan might best pursue Cruise. “I didn’t know all of what they were going to do,” he admits. “I think I fly through a windscreen trying to bite Tom Cruise’s neck!”
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