DOC HOLLYWOOD

Category: Misc./General Career News | Posted by: admin
Article Date: April 8, 2007 | Publication: Sunday Mail | Author: STEVE HENDRY
Publication/Article Link:http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/

EXCLUSIVE TV HUNK ROBERT CAVANAH QUITS THE ROYAL TO LAND HIS US BREAK THANKS TO GERRY AND BILLY

SCOTS star Robert Cavanah is set to swap hospital drama The Royal for Hollywood - thanks to Gerard Butler and Billy Connolly.

The heart-throb actor - Adam Carnegie in the hit show - is about to fly off to Fiji to star in a new movie.

And he is weighing up whether to come back to his role as an administrator at St Aidan's or move to Los Angeles full-time after teaming up with his Scots friends.

He has already won a part in a film produced by members of the Zanuck dynasty - who have been involved with blockbusters Road To Perdition and Jaws.

Robert said: "It's a bizarre set of Scottish coincidences which could only have happened in LA.

"I've been in the States since early January and I hooked up withmy pal Gerry and went to the premiere of his movie 300.

"Through that I met up with another Scottish actor, Tony Curran, who I've know for years.

"We met on the Bill Forsyth flop Being Human where I had a little part alongside people like Tony, Robert Carlyle and Michael Nardone.

"We then ended up going to a Connolly gig.

"Backstage I met this young director, got on really well with him and he gave me a part in his new film in Fiji.

"I can't say much more than that but I can say the Zanucks are the producers and it doesn't get much bigger than them.

"I haven't even got the script yet. I know what I'm doing and it all sounds quite fun and is a fairly short and intense shoot.

"But it opens the door to the next stage for me and it's something I've always wanted to do. It's a bit different from filming The Royal in Bradford."

Edinburgh-born Robert, 41, stayed in the same apartment block as the Big Yin.

He said: "I was staying in Westwood in LA and was having a barbecue with some pals.

"Billy Connolly's daughter heard my accent and had told him there was a Scots guy on the terrace, so he came up to introduce himself. I just heard this Scots voice saying, 'I hear there's another Scotsman over here.'

"He came round and said, 'Hello I'm Billy. I thought, 'Holy ****, it's Billy Connolly.' I kept bumping into him for four days afterwards and what an absolutely charming man, a total gent.

"He kept telling me to come along to the gig and I was about to take him up when Tony Curran phoned me and said he had a couple of tickets.

"It was backstage I met the director who offered me the gig in Fiji.

"So thanks to Gerry, thanks to Tony and thanks to Billy Connolly." Robert is back in the UK to see his five-year-old son Logan and is hoping to decide whether to leave The Royal before he heads back to America.

He said: "I'm going to do a few more meetings, go to Fiji for a couple of days filming then back and do a bit more in LA.

"After that, I'm due to start filming a new series of The Royal and while it's probable I'll do it, it's not definite.

"A part of me would like to come back to The Royal, do a third series and wrap things up. If the stories are exciting, I'd have no problem going back.

"But by the same token there's a nice momentum building out there in LA and it would be foolish not to run with it."

In The Royal, set in the 1960s, Robert's character Adam is getting into trouble for overspending the hospital budget.

He is also one of the potential fathers of Nurse Catherine Dean's (Amelia Curtis) unborn baby.

Being a father is uppermost in Robert's mind. Logan's mum, Robert's ex-wife, is American but based in the UK.

He said: "I couldn't relegatemy contact with Logan to holidays and once a month visits.

"That wouldn't be good enough for him and it certainly wouldn't be good enough for me.

"I'm going to spend the next year to 18 months commuting back and forth.

"If I stay and do The Royal, I'll be going out for the first six months of next year.

"If things get moving, then I will speak to my ex and consider our options. But it means I will be committing to the next five years out there at least.

"The good thing is I've got a Green Card so I don't have to get leads, I can do character parts.

"At 41 I'm not expecting miracles although the way this has come about is a bit miraculous.

"But I've got a manager who also works with British actors such as Paul Bettany and Michael Sheen and she has put me up for a really exciting three-film project.

"Apart from that I really want to be in 24. Just a guest in a couple of episodes would be fantastic.

"It would be a wee bit more exciting than spending St Aidan's budget."

The Royal is on ITV tonight at 8pm.

Are they really that big in America?

BILLY CONNOLLY

FEW comics can hold a candle to The Big Yin in full flow. But the 64-year-old is also a talented actor and as well as starring in his own US sitcom, Billy, he held his own alongside Tom Cruise in The Last Samurai and Jim Carrey in Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events. He also voiced McSquizzy in animated romp Open Season and has just finished filming Good Sharma with Joan Allen.

***

GERARD BUTLER

THE 37-year-old Glaswegian is of the hottest actors in Hollywood now thanks to his gritty performance as Spartan king Leonidas in box office smash 300, the tale of the Battle of Thermopylae in ancient Greece. His success comes after a string of unremarkable roles, such as Dear Frankie, Phantom of the Opera and Dracula 2000. He is now in talks to star in a remake of Escape from New York.

****

ALAN CUMMING

AFTER starting out in a comedy double act with Forbes Masson, the 42-year-old, of Aberfeldy, Perthshire, has gone on to become one of Hollywood's leading character actors. Roles include blockbuster X-Men 2, Bond movies Goldeneye and the Spy Kids films. He has also won a prestigious Tony award for his stage role in Cabaret.

***

EWAN McGREGOR

AFTER shooting to fame as heroin addict Mark Renton in Trainspotting, the 36-year-old, of Crieff, Perthshire, starred in a string of huge Hollywood blockbusters, such as musical Moulin Rouge and war film Black Hawk Down. His biggest role is as Obi Wan Kenobi in the three Star Wars prequels. Recent work includes Miss Potter.

*****

SEAN CONNERY

THE Oscar-winning star, 76, is praised as the greatest James Bond ever. He also won fans in movies such as The Untouchables and Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. The Edinburgh-born actor's last film was superhero flick The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but he is rumoured to be keen to star in the final Indiana Jones film.

*****

TONY CURRAN

HE made an impression on TV as a gay plumber in This Life but while he is the least recognisable of the top Scots, he is rarely, if ever, out of work. The 40-year-old Glaswegian's roles include blockbusters such as The Good German, Miami Vice, The League of Extraordinary Gentleman, Underworld: Evolution, Flight Of The Phoenix and awardwinning Scots hit Red Road.

**

DOUGRAY SCOTT

Some feared his Hollywood career was on the wane when his NBC TV drama Heist was scrapped. But the 41-year-old, of Glenrothes, Fife, has turned up in Desperate Housewives. Dougray first made his mark in the US as Tom Cruise's nemesis in Mission: Impossible 2, Ripley's Game and Enigma. His next film role is in Hitman, based on the hit video game.

****