Spitting image: Former MP’s big Hollywood debut
FORMER Barron River MP Michael Trout has fluked his way into becoming a stunt double for one of Australia's most chiselled hunks after it became apparent Liam McIntyre was a fairly ordinary horseman.
The one-time politician was supplying horses through his Blazing Saddles business for the upcoming romantic comedy This Little Love of Mine, which is filming in Cairns, when he got the call to don a wig and a fetching salmon-coloured shirt on Ellis Beach.
The feature film's director realised the actor, perhaps best known for his rippling abs on the Spartacus TV series, could not work the beast into a credible canter without looking like a wobbly sack of spuds.
Mr Trout trotted to the rescue alongside Kuranda rider Mikhaila Jacoby, who chipped in as co-star Saskia Hampele's body double, as the cameras rolled on Ellis Beach this week.
"I've had Keanu Reeves and John Farnham come out to Blazing Saddles, but I've never been a stunt double," Mr Trout said.
"I've met all the actors and actresses, but today it's just us doing the shoot because they couldn't ride properly - so we're in."
This Little Love of Mine is the first Queensland feature film to go into production since the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 200 Cairns-based extras were sought for filming.
Originally published as Spitting image: Former MP's big Hollywood debut