NO IFS OR BUTTS WITH SE­QUEL PACE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LIFESTYLE -

WA film A Few Less Men was made at such an ac­cel­er­ated pace, ac­tor Xavier Sa­muel didn’t have time to dwell on one of the most awk­ward shots in the film.

With a Week­end at Bernie’s vibe, the se­quel to 2011’s A Few Best Men sees new­ly­wed David (Sa­muel) and his ram­bunc­tious best mates Tom (Kris Mar­shall) and Gra­ham (Kevin Bishop) trans­port the dead body of their friend Luke (James Helm) from Aus­tralia back to Eng­land.

They find them­selves in var­i­ous out­ra­geous sce­nar­ios along the way, in­clud­ing Luke’s naked back­side pressed against David’s face dur­ing the chaos of a plane crash.

Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group could not help but ask lead­ing man Sa­muel how it felt to have a bare bum pressed against his cheek.

“You are ask­ing the deep and mean­ing­ful ques­tions,” he said.

“It is such a hi­lar­i­ous mo­ment but also grim; your dead best friend’s arse is in your face.

“We were mov­ing at a crack­ing pace; we filmed (the movie) in 30 days, maybe a bit more, so there is no time to be pre­cious about things.”

Speak­ing from Los An­ge­les, where he was in­dulging in some work and leisure, Sa­muel said he en­joyed shoot­ing a film at ei­ther a rapid or re­laxed pace.

“The more time you have, the bet­ter the chance to come up with some­thing dif­fer­ent, but with this flow there was no time to sec­ond-guess,” he said.

“There are pros and cons to both.”

With an al­ready eclec­tic body of work be­hind him, in­clud­ing cult hor­ror The Loved Ones (2009) and Hol­ly­wood World War II drama Fury (2014), Sa­muel said he was keen to re­turn to his “Best Men” char­ac­ter and pick up the story again.

A Few Less Men is in cin­e­mas on March 9.

Xavier Sa­muel and Kris Mar­shall in A Few Less Men.

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