MAN ON TRAIN

Salut­ing the scene-steal­ers

Empire (Australasia) - - Review -

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!”

THE MUMMY IS OUT NOW ON DVD, BLU-RAY AND DOWN­LOAD

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