Lucky break as autograph hunter gets film role offer

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YOUTH worker Neil McGilligan turned up at an audition to get Ewan McGregor’s autograph - and ended up with a part in the star’s new film.

He has been given the chance to appear in Young Adam when scenes are filmed in Perth next weekend. He was one of hundreds who went to the Salutation Hotel yesterday for an audition for extras.

McGilligan said: "It was my son Patrick’s fourth birthday yesterday and he is absolutely daft about Star Wars.

"I heard about the auditions and thought I would come along and try and get Ewan McGregor’s autograph for him.

"But now they have told me that they want me to come along as one of the extras in the movie they are making.

"I’m not really sure what it’s going to involve, but I just hope I get the chance to meet Ewan and get his autograph."

McGilligan was one of the lucky ones to be invited back by the producers for a dress rehearsal on Thursday and filming on Saturday.

He and the other successful applicants were sworn to secrecy about details of the filming, which is expected to last several weeks.

But it can be revealed that courtroom scenes for the thriller, which is set in the 1950s, are to be shot inside Court One at Perth Sheriff Court.

It is the first major film the Star Wars actor, from Crieff, has made in the town where he got his first theatrical break.

McGregor worked backstage in the years before he broke into the big time with hit movies like Trainspotting and Shallow Grave.

Young Adam has been adapted from a novel by Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocci and filming is under way.

McGregor will star alongside Tilda Swinton, Peter Mullan and Emily Mortimer in a project which has been given major studio backing.

The open casting session in Perth attracted a steady stream of big screen hopefuls to the Salutation Hotel.

Production and make-up experts ran the rule over the hopefuls to find around 100 extras for future filming.