A Common Man to premier in California

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The premiere of the much talked about movie, A Common Man, starring Academy award winner Sir Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross, which was shot entirely in Sri Lanka, will be held at the prestigious Laemmle Music Hall Cinema in Beverly Hills, California on March 15.

Asian Film Location Services said that among the invitees for the premiere are a galaxy of movie personalities in Hollywood.

“This is a tremendous honour for the cinema industry of Sri Lanka. It is hoped that this “first” will be followed by other Sri Lankan films in the future,” Asian Film Location Services said.

A co-production between Hollywood and Sri Lanka, the script of the movie was written by Chandran Rutnam, who in the past has worked with some big Hollywood names including Director Steven Spielberg.

The plot of the movie, Rutnam told the Colombo Gazette when the movie was being shot in Sri Lanka, revolves around the character played by Kingsley, and an attempt by terrorists to blow up Colombo.

Rutnam said that once he wrote the script for the movie he sent it to Hollywood and Sir Ben Kingsley, who has won several international awards including an Oscar for his portrayal of Gandhi, liked the story and offered to play the lead role.

“The story is adapted from a concept that has been done before. But I have taken that concept and turned it around into a situation in Sri Lanka. This is a rare opportunity for Sri Lanka because this is the first time we are having the opportunity to direct Hollywood actors. We shot the whole picture within 27 days,” Rutnam added.

Among the locations used for the movie in Sri Lanka were Wesley College, Odel and Katukurunda where a plane was exploded for one of the scenes.

The movie co stars Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire and Far Pavillions), Patrick Rutnam, James Koch (son of popular singer Alston Koch), Numaya Siriwardena, Wilson Guneratne, Ashan Dias, Sando Harris, Wilman Sirimanne,  Jerome de Silva, Dushyanth Weeraman, Veena Jayakody, Mohammed Adamally, Kian O Grady and Teddy Vidyalanakara.

A Common Man is distributed worldwide by Myriad Pictures of Hollywood. (Colombo Gazette)