Ac­tor Scott is chuffed to bits with suc­cess of new war film Ka­jaki

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Ruther­glen ac­tor Scott Kyle has ad­mit­ted to be­ing “pleas­antly sur­prised” at the suc­cess of war movie, Ka­jaki: The True Story.

Scott ap­pears in the Bri­tish film as para­trooper Stu­art Pear­son, who had his leg blown off by a mine while serv­ing in Afghanistan in 2006.

Since be­ing re­leased in Vue cin­e­mas two weeks ago, the film has gained rave reviews and has also been picked up by other dis­trib­u­tors.

In fact, Ka­jaki is cur­rently be­ing shown once a day in the Odeon at East Kil­bride - Stu­art’s home town - un­til Thurs­day (De­cem­ber 18).

It has been mooted as a pos­si­ble con­tender come awards sea­son and Scott will at­tend a spe­cial screen­ing for Bafta mem­bers next week.

Scott reck­ons you can never be sure how a film will turn out, but he was de­lighted to see the fi­nal piece of work when he watched Ka­jaki for the first time.

“Ev­ery­one seems to be loving it, I’ve not heard a bad thing about the movie.

“In some ways, when we were over there I knew there were some magic mo­ments, but you never know un­til you see it.

“A good ed­i­tor can make a bad ac­tor look good and a bad ed­i­tor can make a good one look bad, so you can never re­ally tell, but I’m chuffed with it.

“I’ve been sur­prised, pleas­antly sur­prised. Peo­ple are now talk­ing about awards, the next big one is Berlin and I’d love a few days over there.”

Filmed in Jor­dan, Ka­jaki fol­lows the tale of the men of the 3rd Bat­tal­ion, Para­chute Reg­i­ment, known as 3 Para, who are left fight­ing for their lives when they stum­ble on a mine­field near the Ka­jaki dam.

The film has gained five-star reviews and com­ments from cin­ema go­ers gives Scott hope the film will con­tinue to be shown in the­atres across the UK.

It’s even grabbed the at­ten­tion of Barns­ley Labour MP Dan Jarvis, who yes­ter­day ( Tues­day) ar­ranged a screen­ing of it in the Houses of Par­lia­ment.

But Scott ad­mits the great­est thrill was win­ning over the big­gest scep­tics - the men from 3 Para he had orig­i­nally met on boot camp in the English town of Colch­ester.

He said: “On Thurs­day last week we were in­vited to Colch­ester for a screen­ing and we knew that was a big one, be­cause there’s no Vue cin­ema there plus Colch­ester is where 3 Para is based.

“It was back on with the kilt and gladrags for another cer­e­mony and then back to the Fox and Hound for another lock-in un­til 6am.

“It was nice to go back to where this whole process started. A few of the guys be­fore we started film­ing told us we were go­ing to mess it up with the bud­get we had and we were re­mind­ing them of that last week.

“But th­ese guys are Paras, they don’t pull any punches and they have all been very pos­i­tive about it now.

“The head of 3 Para has been de­lighted and he was very re­luc­tant at first for fear it would por­tray them in a bad light.

“But now they are al­lowed to pro­mote it.

“I took a few of my friends to see it in East Kil­bride and they said they were go­ing to go back to see and you don’t do that nor­mally.

“We’re up against films like The Hob­bit so it’s in­cred­i­bly com­pet­i­tive, but hope­fully we’ll be on screens un­til Christ­mas.”

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