Pop Idol teacher lands role in Italian movie

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A Harborough musician and teacher has landed himself a speaking role in an Italian film despite never having an acting lesson in his life.

It is the latest escapade in the life of 23-year-old former Robert Smyth School student Michael Bones, who is now teaching English to six to nine-year-olds in Vietnam.

The Mail featured a story on Michael in November 2012 after his involvement as a vocal coach on the Vietnamese version of Pop Idol.

And now, after recently landing some voice-over jobs for internet adverts, he has managed to earn his way into a high-profile Italian movie.

It started out after he appeared in a TV advert for Sapporo beer, which involved him being driven around Ho Chi Minh City for four hours in a open-top limousine with several glamorous females, drinking beer and having a great time.

It led to him being asked to audition for an Italian film company looking for extras in a movie they are making based on famous Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci.

Fallaci was a war correspondent in North Vietnam embedded the Americans during the Vietnam War.

The star playing Fallaci is Vittoria Puccini, one of Italy’s leading actresses.

Michael’s proud mum Melanie Bones said: “He attended auditions and was asked to read from a script.

“He was given a brief by the producers which surprised him as he was only auditioning to be an extra.

“After delivering an emotional account of a soldier comforting his dying comrade in his arms, Michael felt he had delivered his lines as they asked him too and was told they would be in touch.

“Several weeks after his audition he received an offer through his agent telling him he had been successful and was told he was going to get a speaking part, to play Norman, a young American GI.

“Norman had left his beautiful wife and young son behind.

“Michael gives Oriana an emotional account of his last goodbye to his beloved and how he feels every time he has to do battle and to return each time for a respite with less and less of his comrades, believing that one day he too will return in a body bag.”

Michael said he thoroughly enjoyed the film set experience with its battle-scene pyrotechnics, real machine guns and artillery, with the hardest part being the searing heat and the filming from 5am until 7.30pm.

He said: “On reflection it made me realise just how awful it must have been for those Americans doing it for real.

“I don’t know if anything more will come of my brief acting career, who knows.

“I never had any drama lessons or experience of acting so I considers myself very privileged to have had this part.”

For now Michael has returned to his teaching day job.

“We can’t help wondering what his next adventure in Vietnam will be,” said mum Melanie.