‘Mr Darcy’ loves trop­i­cal is­lands

Ac­tor Scot Cooper also en­joys road trips through the heart of Amer­ica travel2013

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - TRAVEL 2013 - ME­LANIE PETERS

CAPE Town ac­tor Scot Cooper won an award for his role in the film Five Min­utes Till Noon at the 48 Hour Film Project Cape Town awards re­cently. The film also won Best Film, and 10 awards in to­tal. It has been in­vited to com­pete at the Filma­palooza in New Or­leans next year.

Cooper has worked on var­i­ous other in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal fea­ture films, in­clud­ing Tun­nel Rats and The World Un­seen, which pre­miered at the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

On stage, he has re­ceived crit­i­cal praise for his per­for­mance as Mr Darcy in Pride And Prej­u­dice, and the ac­claimed Amer­i­can play Tape, by Stephen Bel­ber.

How widely have you trav­elled?

Alaska, New Zealand, Thai­land, Italy, Aus­tralia, Bora Bora, Canada, Wales, Tahiti, Hong Kong, Nige­ria, Samoa, US, Eng­land, Nether­lands, Cook Is­lands, Scot­land, Fiji, Sin­ga­pore and Bel­gium. Favourite hol­i­day? Ev­ery trop­i­cal is­land I’ve been on… and a road trip through the states for a month. Favourite time spent abroad? Liv­ing in Lon­don, and New York.

Your worst ex­pe­ri­ence on hol­i­day?

Bel­gium, be­sides the waf­fles... I was so bored. Your fun­ni­est ex­pe­ri­ence? At a bar in Nashville, a friend got of­fered to­bacco to chew... he swal­lowed it!

What do you avoid dur­ing a hol­i­day? Bel­gium. Your favourite place to have sun­downer on your trav­els?

Tofino, on Van­cou­ver Is­land in Canada. It had the most in­cred­i­ble sun­set; the sky was hot pink.

That evening was the per­fect place to have a drink, and my favourite. Best meal abroad? A pesto pizza at Cinque Terre, on the Ital­ian Riviera.

What have you learnt from your trav­els?

It re­ally does broaden your mind. And, in some cases, gives you a great tan. Ideal trav­el­ling com­pan­ion? Any of my best mates… and po­ten­tial girl­friend.

Cul­ture vulture or adrenalin junkie? Bring on the cul­ture. Great­est travel lux­ury? My worn- out jeans. And, in some places, my ac­cent.

Hol­i­day read­ing?

I leave the read­ing for when I’m at home. Favourite drive? Through the heart of Amer­ica, off the in­ter­state. Dream trip? Al­ready done it. Driv­ing through the US. The land­scape and mid­dle Amer­ica fas­ci­nate me. I can’t wait to do it again. But, an­other dream trip would be to travel with a cir­cus from town to town.

As a sea­soned trav­eller and flyer, can you share some tips?

Share it with some­one. If not, then make new friends. Don’t skimp on pho­tos. And, throw cau­tion to the wind. Where next? Hope­fully Cannes next year.

CUL­TURE VULTURE: Scot Cooper is widely trav­elled and the Grand Canyon is just one of the many ex­cit­ing places he has vis­ited.

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