Jack gets a bite at movie star fame thanks to role in top director’s new film

TASTY Jack Attridge tucking into a burger on Portsdown Hill as he did on the film used by Ridley Scott.     Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112033-4)
TASTY Jack Attridge tucking into a burger on Portsdown Hill as he did on the film used by Ridley Scott. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (112033-4)
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FATHER and son Mike and Jack Attridge are not your typical movie stars.

You’re more likely to find them munching a burger on Portsdown Hill than dining out on the celebrity circuit.

ON CAMERA Jack Attridge and his dad Mike

ON CAMERA Jack Attridge and his dad Mike

But both are to appear in a new film by movie mogul Ridley Scott after a clip made by 22-year-old Jack caught the director’s eye. Jack, of Goldcrest Close, Horndean, shouted ‘action!’ after the man behind hits such as Gladiator and Alien called on YouTube viewers across the globe to make a film of whatever they were doing on July 24 last year.

Jack’s footage, including shots of him and his 54-year-old dad tucking into a burger on Portsdown Hill, will appear in a new movie, Life in a Day, produced by Scott and directed by Oscar-winner Kevin Macdonald, who made The Last King of Scotland. More than 4,500 hours of footage were submitted and a selection of scenes were turned into the 90-minute film which will be released in Vue Cinemas across Britain later this month and then on DVD. Jack, who studied film at the University of Portsmouth, said: ‘We were told that we would be in it but weren’t told for how long. So I sat down with my girlfriend and a glass of wine to enjoy a nice, entertaining film.

‘I thought we’d only be in it for a second because most of the clips are only three or four seconds long, but ours is three minutes, bang in the middle of the film. I couldn’t believe it – my heart was racing as I watched it – I just thought it was mad.

‘And it’s really special that it’s us sitting on Portsdown Hill eating a burger because that is a tradition for me and my dad. We always do that after we’ve done something in Portsmouth.’

Jack has gone on to direct a handful of other short films and is preparing to enter them into festivals and competitions. Life in a Day is out from June 17.