Brad Pitt is putting all his ripply goodness into playing Torquay-born explorer Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett in the forthcoming film based on the Lost City of Z story.
Brad has been pushing out his face hair for a long raggly beard to resemble the Torquay man, who was born in 1867.
In 1886 Percy served in Trincomalee, with the Royal Artillery Ceylon. He went on to work for the British secret service in North Africa before he set off on an expedition to the Amazon in 1925 to search for the lost city he called Z. And it’s that story that has whetted the acting appetite of Brad.
The film, The Lost City of Z, has been written by James Gray, who made We Own the Night in 2007, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Wahlberg, and Two Lovers in 2008, a remaking of Visconti’s Le Notti Bianche (which itself was based on Dostoevsky’s short story, White Nights), again starring Joaquin Phoenix.
Apparently, the story of Colonel Fawcett inspired Aurthur Conan Doyle’s Lost City story, and he is believed to be an inspiration for Indiana Jones.
Torquay museum has more on Colonel Fawcett, including his trunk with reconstructed contents, and items from his early life, along with his military medals and Royal Geographical Society’s Founders gold medals.
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