Thursday, 7 March 2013

A Sicilian Shooting

"You look like a very photogenic couple. Would you like to be in a film?" asked the suave, moustachioed, tanned man with a clipboard.

Dougie and I were sitting in the reception area of our hotel in Selinunte, Sicily. We glanced at each other, nervous, unsure of whether we were being lured into some seedy, pornographic scenario.

"We just need some people to act like tourists for a few hours so we can film the local area."

So, not the sleazy shoot I had feared. We remained ambivalent but asked for more details. It's not as if we had anything else to do. This was 1989, we were having a blissfully lazy holiday which mostly involved lying on the beach and taking regular dips in the sea to cool off. We really ought to be seeing the sights, especially as the ruins of the ancient Greek city were on our doorstep.

"I can pay you £25 each?"

The next morning we met our director bright and early and happily clambered into the minibus for the drive to the ancient site, along with a couple of entertainers from the hotel and a Welsh pharmacist with very prominent teeth.

Our swarthy director was making a promotional film to show the beauty of Italy, in advance of the World Cup which was taking place the following year. For the next few hours there was a great deal of posing, pointing and waiting around for cameramen to adjust lenses and frame shots. It was an easy way to make a bit of money and as we were young and short of it, this was a great opportunity.

Filming finished, we were bundled back in the bus and handed a fistful of lira. We never did see the resulting film but I have found our snaps from that day so here's Brad and Angelina, slightly windswept but incredibly tanned, with Brad sporting a pair of very skimpy shorts, doing our bit for local tourism.

Selinunte, Sicily, 1989


Temple of Hera, Selinunte, 1989



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30 comments:

  1. Are we related? How can you get so brown?

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    1. You must have genes from the paler side of the family...and far fewer wrinkles!

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  2. How exciting was that? You look fantastic, indeed very suave, and you got to see some ruins. :)

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    1. I was reminded of it when a friend commented on the Mr&Mrs post about Sicily. It all came flooding back. I looked up our hotel on TripAdvisor and it has mixed reviews now, saying it is rather dated and very 80s. It can't have been 24 years ago!

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  3. Wow, you were (and still are!) a photogenic bronzed couple - you can be in my next film. You've got great pins girl. Love this story

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    1. We used to soak up the sun whenever we were on holiday. I can't do that anymore - my skin just says no!
      You called me a girl..... :-)))

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  4. Gosh how gorgeous do you both look? But you still look young. You are wearing well :)

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    1. You haven't seen me up close but I'll happily take the compliment...thanks!!

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  5. A new marketing slogan "Book now before it becomes dated"?

    Was an ancient GREEK city really on your doorstep in Sicily?

    Finally, if you relocate to Seoul, is it a good Korea move? (not sure what prompted that last item but at least it is travel related).

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    1. Yes, Greek ruins. If you click on the Selinunte link, wiki will give you all the details - something about it being the western most Greek colony.
      Thank you for your travel pun - I could get you to do a regular feature.

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    2. That would mean having more than one travel pun.

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    3. You disappoint me, Troy. Get your thinking cap on!

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  6. I say, that Scottish Hunk would've given The Hoff a run for his money!!His sidekick's not bad either!! Selinunte is beautiful - the Greeks did indeed invade Sicily, as well as the Turks and Arabs. My ex was of Sicilian descent and we once went there to open an ice cream factory for his father in Marsala callled 'Tartan Gelati' - yes, it's true - but we were nearly had up by the local Carabinieri when a consignment of ingredients for lemon sorbet which we'd been waiting on to be delivered from the UK was seized by customs in the belief that it was a Class A drug - my pigeon-Sicilian dialect and the promise of a year's supply of free lemon sorbet got us out of a very tight spot!Apart from all that, I loved Sicily but my first encounter with heatstroke forced me to seek out cooler shores! I'm descended from Vikings, after all!Have a great weekend, Trish. x

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    1. I think that's one of the most entertaining blog comments I've ever had. I read it out to the Scottish Hunk and he loved 'Tartan Gelati'. What a story, Nana!

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  7. This is great - and now realize how much Rory looks like his dad!

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    1. Ah do you think so? What a lucky lad.

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  8. That's a fun experience and great travel story. What skinny tan legs you have!

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    1. Too much sun and not enough protection. That was in the days we thought Factor 4 was excessive.

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  9. Look at you both! so young and slim and attractive......I bet not a lot has changed either......and now I really need some sunshine!

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    1. We're not too bad, Libby. Neither of us have put on too much weight and Dougie still looks about 20 in my eyes.

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  10. You are sooo brown in the pics! How brilliant would it be if you could actually find the film somewhere?? :)

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    1. I've tried googling it but don't think it exists. We were probably just tiny figures in the distance anyway.

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  11. Ha ha. Love your headline for this! Very clever. And here's to all the husbands in the world being called Doug! Congrats on being a MAD Blog Awards Finalist! I am too – we'll definitely have to catch up at the awards ceremony in September! I'm so excited! xoxo

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    1. Ah yes, all good homes should have a Doug. Mine loves duct tape. Does yours?
      Yes, I had a lovely surprise when I woke up today to see I was a finalist. It's going to be lots of fun - it was last year. September seems so far away so enjoy all the fuss in the run up!

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  12. As a frustrated 'Sun' headline writer, I doff my hat to you madam (sorry, girl). What a glam couple you make!

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    1. Coming from the mistress of pun blog post titles, that makes me a very happy girl!

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  13. These shorts are... quite something!! ;o) What a fab story, and loving the tans! xx

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    1. Rory has been laughing his head off at his dad's shorts. Dougie tells him these were fashionable in the late 80s. I'm not sure they ever were but when you've got good legs you might as well show them off!

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  14. I can't be the only one scouring the pictures for the bucked toothed Welshman can I? Please tell me I'm not!

    Great story and lovely pictures, you make a very handsome couple! x

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    1. Haha! Scour away, Wendy, I don't think he got in any of our shots, I'm sure I'd have spotted him...

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