Lee opens film in­nings

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

CRICKET fa­nat­ics are usu­ally clam­our­ing at the WACA to get a snap of their sport­ing hero, but last week they filled a cin­ema foyer.

Former fast bowler Brett Lee trod the red car­pet at the Perth pre­miere of his film de­but UnIn­dian at Read­ing Cine­mas in Bel­mont, with a horde of fans try­ing to catch a glimpse of the cricket leg­end.

Lee stars as Will, a univer­sity teacher who falls in love with fiercely in­de­pen­dent sin­gle mother and ca­reer woman Meera, who has In­dian ori­gins, and the two nav­i­gate their cul­tural com­plex­i­ties.

Lee said it was never his in­ten­tion to star in a film.

“If some­one told me a yearand-a-half ago that I would star in a film, I would not have be­lieved them,” he said.

““It was long and tir­ing, but I knew what was go­ing to hap­pen.

“Com­ing from a cricket back­ground it didn’t worry me; I am used to be­ing away for a long pe­riod of time.

“We had an ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic cast and crew, so it was great.”

He said he had a soft spot for both ro­man­tic and goofy come­dies.

“You might laugh at my taste but I love the rom-coms and slap­stick – Adam San­dler, Jim Car­rey, that type of stuff,” he said.

Lee’s co-star Tan­nishtha Chat­ter­jee said she was not aware of his cricket ca­reer be­fore they started film­ing.

“I had seen him in a ton of ads which used to come in In­dia so I al­ways knew he was pretty com­fort­able in front of the cam­era and I heard some of his in­ter­views,” she said.

“He has a very nat­u­ral hu­mour and comic tim­ing.”

UnIn­dian di­rec­tor Anu­pam Sharma with Tan­nishtha Chat­ter­jee and Brett Lee.

With Ju­lian Wright

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