An actor who stars with Tom Hanks in his latest film could be off to Hollywood – as pals in his local plan to turn a digital whip-round into a movie and send him to the première.
Marty Docherty, 38, landed the role of Hanks’s brother in the Warner Bros movie Cloud Atlas.
He spent days in Berlin shooting for the film alongside an all-star cast including Halle Berry, Hugh Grant and Susan Sarandon.
But he admitted to pals Ian Bustard and Martyn Robertson over a pint in Glasgow’s Griffin Bar that he couldn’t afford the trip to Los Angeles for the star-studded opening night.
The pair – both documentary film-makers – have hatched a plan to get him there so he can become Scotland’s next blockbuster star.
They are making their own movie charting his journey, titled Marty Goes To Hollywood, and have launched a Facebook appeal, getmartytohollywood.
They hope the Scottish public will get behind Marty by donating to the project to help raise the £10,000 needed to send him to LA in October. Last night, Marty, 38, said: “I can’t believe they have done all of this after just a wee conversation in the pub.
“Obviously, going to the première doesn’t guarantee me anything but it definitely won’t hinder me and I think it could open doors.
“I have been acting for 15 years so, if I’m ever going to get to Hollywood and really make it there, then now’s the time. When I was in Berlin filming, I shot scenes with Halle Berry and Hugo Weaving, who was in The Matrix. I met Hugh Grant in make-up and he was so nice.
“They were interested in what I was doing and who I was playing. I couldn’t quite believe I was there.
“I really hope I can go to the première. It’s such an all-star line-up and I’m sure it will be spectacular.”
Ian and Martyn, who between them have 30 years’ experience in the film and entertainment industry, have set up meetings for Marty with a host of Scots-born stars including Robert Carlyle, Gerard Butler and Brian Cox.
They will also organise for him to speak with casting directors and producers.
Ian, 41, said: “When you are part of the hottest property in town, you soon become the hottest property in town yourself. That’s why he has to be at that première.
“When Tommy Flanagan was in Braveheart, he went over to LA for the première and never came back.
“We want the Scottish public to see the great opportunity Marty has and support him. He is well known here having had parts in Dear Green Place and Still Game.
“But Hollywood is the next step and we want to follow his journey as he tries to get there. He will be swapping the hills of Castlemilk for the hills of LA.”
Martyn, 31, said: “He has a good chance here and we want the public – both here and in America – to get behind him.
“We have set up a crowd-funding website where people can buy things like the chance to have their name on the credits of the film or a signed DVD from Marty.
“The items for sale vary from about £4.50 to £800. We want people to have fun with it.
“Yes, this is about a local boy who has done well but it’s much more than that too.”
The Cloud Atlas crew shot some of the scenes for the film in Glasgow last September.
Source: Daily Record