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Laurence Boxhall lives his dream on set of Deadline Gallipoli
Written on the 18 August 2014 by scotch
WORKING alongside the likes of Sam Worthington, Hugh Dancy and Charles Dance on Deadline Gallipoli was a “eye-opening experience” for Adelaide teenager Laurence Boxhall.
The 17-year-old plays an underage soldier in the Foxtel mini-series, which completed filming in SA last week, and says there were times he had to pinch himself on set.
“One year out of school and going on set and having lunch and there’s Charles Dance eating a baguette in the corner...that’s a surreal moment,” he laughs.
“Prior to this I’d only ever done an ABC3 TV series and suddenly I’m landing on the beaches of Gallipoli with bombs going off...it was just a bit crazy. It was a massive learning curve.”
Understandably, the former Scotch College student says he was “incredibly nervous” at first but Hollywood star and series executive producer Sam immediately put him at ease.
“I saw Avatar when I was about 11 or 12 and I thought that it was just the coolest thing,” says Laurence, who moved to Adelaide with his family in 2010.
“He’s always been a face that I’ve known and then the first scene I shoot was with him... he was intimidating at first but he’s such a nice guy and really down-to-earth.
“You couldn’t ask for someone more open and understanding when you’re just trying to struggle through your first day.”
Technically in the middle of his ‘gap year’, Laurence says working on the mini-series, which will premiere next year, has solidified his dream to become an actor.
“More than anything I know this is what I want to do with my life now,” he says.
Article originally appeared in Adelaide Confidential, The Advertiser, 18 August 2014
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