Weston man persuades Curzon to screen film he was in 50 years ago

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 October 2019

Filming crew for Patton

Filming crew for Patton

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A pensioner has persuaded The Curzon to screen an Oscar-winning movie he worked on 50 years ago.

Tony, John and the yellow landrover they travelled the world withTony, John and the yellow landrover they travelled the world with

Anthony Griggs, aged 76, worked behind-the-scenes of the production of Patton, a controversial movie about a war hero General George S Patton, along with his friend John Taylor, aged 77.

The lifelong friends had been travelling across Europe in their yellow landrover when they were told they could work on a movie set which was being filmed in Spain.

The pair headed to Spain from Switzerland in hopes of landing roles as extras on the set which could help them finance the rest of their travels.

They ended up landing roles as stand in's after auditioning and ended up working alongside famous American stars such as George C. Scott, Karl Malden and Karl Michael Vogler.

John sat on the tank on set for PattonJohn sat on the tank on set for Patton

Anthony, who is a former sound engineer for ITV, said this year marks 50 years since the film was released.

He said: "John and I were travelling and we had to finance the trip ourselves which meant picking up any odd jobs here and there.

"When we were told about the film, we headed to Barcelona and we were told they were filming in Madrid so we made our way there.

"After about a week we got a call back to the production office to ask to be stand ins instead.

Tony standing in on set for George C ScottTony standing in on set for George C Scott

"For four months, we spent days with the actors, they would say hi and they even knew our names.

"After the film was made, we continued to travel around the world.

"When we got to Australia and we rang the film makers to find out when the film was going to be in the released.

"While we were there we ended up on talk shows and promoting the movie."

George C. Scott on set for PattonGeorge C. Scott on set for Patton

A stand-in allows the director to light the set and focus scenes while the actor is absent.

Patton, released in 1970, has won seven academy awards including best director, best picture and best original screenplay.

Tony added: "John and I went to Luxembourg this year to visit the where General Patton was buried.

"I just thought it would also be nice to see the film on the big screen once again."

Road side recovery for the landroverRoad side recovery for the landrover

Tony and John will give a talk before the film is screened.

Patton will be showing at The Curzon, in Old Church Road on November 7.

Tickets, priced £5.50-23 are available.

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