Lee opens film innings
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.