DOING LIKEWISE: Hervey Bay’s Leon Anson is shaping up nicely as a double for Reef star Gyton Grantley.
DOING LIKEWISE: Hervey Bay’s Leon Anson is shaping up nicely as a double for Reef star Gyton Grantley.

Reefing in a plum role

NO SOONER had Leon Anson hung up his Spongebob Squarepants undies after his cracking run in Abstract Nude than he found himself filling the swimming trunks of Underbelly star Gyton Grantley.

The Hervey Bay electrician got the call last week from producers of forthcoming movie The Reef when they realised they needed another body to double for Grantley, one of five cast members in the Andrew Traucki film being shot here.

His vital statistics ticked all the right boxes and when he arrived on set on the first day the stubble he had nurtured during his debut stage role in the Z-Pac Theatre play, Abstract Nude, was also to the liking of producers.

This week he has found himself swimming away from an upturned hull and a shark fin on a pole.

He has had a camera man in a chopper come within metres of his slightly-gelled hair as he swam for safety near Shelly Beach.

Add in a speedy sailing stint in Gatakers Bay and some drive-by doubling on Ghost Hill and it has been a busy week.

But it hasn’t all been fun and games for the father of three.

“There has been a lot of standing around but it’s good fun.

“They’re really good. They really look after you. They have a medic on board, they make sure we don’t get dehydrated, they keep reminding us to get the sun cream on. They’re very professional.

“It’s very interesting. It’s not about money for me, it’s about doing something that’s interesting and different.”

He hasn’t officially met Gyton Grantley although he did get “a sort of an hello” when they passed at the film’s Bay headquarters.

The 38-year-old is still hoping to shake hands with the star he is doubling for before the movie’s Fraser Coast shoot is wrapped up in the middle of next week.



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