Big Terry cast in For Whom the Bell Tolls

By Kimberley Schloss.

The Big news for movie fans is that Big Terry (above) has been cast in the leading role of Robert Jordan in the remake of For Whom the Bell Tolls, to be directed by Baz Luhrmann. The film will be co-produced by Screen North Queensland, Bazmark Inc, Quely and Summer Bay Productions.

FNQIDA graduate Big Terry is best known in the Far North for his regular appearances as himself in the Canadian Club series of advertisements. He is a household name in western Europe from the Italian Rai 3 production of Il grande Terrenzio non beve birra ma gli piace il décolleté, in which he tours Lombardy drinking wine and meeting buxom women. Big Terry can also be seen in the highly regarded French sports drama Les Poteaux de But, in which he plays the two titular characters in an amazingly nuanced, non-speaking performance.

The film will be loosely based on the novel by Ernest Hemingway in which idealistic munitions expert, Robert Jordan, travels to the hills of the lower Pyrenees, tasked with exploding things that are vital to the outcome of the Spanish Civil War. He drinks much wine, tricks some fascists, rides horses and blows up a bridge with only his wits and some hand-grenades. Jordan often engages in frantic, emergency love-making in the mountains with the short-haired Maria, who is destined to lose her only love to a stray shot from a fascist tank in the fateful forests of the Pyrenees.

The cast for the adaptation is stellar, with Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario playing Pilar the crone and Kate Ritchie as young, sexy Pilar. Maria is played by Asher Keddie, fresh from her recent off-Broadway turn as Dolores O’Riordan in the acclaimed ‘Sweet Cranberry.’ Pablo will be played by ‘Uncle’ Toni Nadal in his big-screen debut. The critical character of Anselmo will be played by Ray Meagher but voiced by Carlos Moyá. Perennial favourite, Alex Papps, plays the crocodile.

Director, Baz Luhrmann, is not at all phased by the task of bringing such an iconic novel to the screen, having successfully adapted The Great Gatsby and appeared on Home and Away.

“The cast is all set and the tennis courts are arranged”, explained Luhrmann via Skype from his offices in Burbank. “It looks like a fairly straight-forward production. Our only conundrum is how to fully realise and juxtapose Jordan’s idealism and his relentless need to have sexual intercourse with a rabbit. Asher, Kate and Ray are all bringing one along for B-roll purposes. Given the capriciousness of Wee Terry, we may and up using CGI for the sex-scenes.”

The production will begin filming in Speewah in June, and is expected to be released in mid 2020. The City Council have announced that eight of the twelve courts at the Cairns International Tennis Centre will be closed for all of July as the venue will be repurposed as a model of the Grand Via in Madrid.

Published by murraymurchison

Editor in Chief at the Trinity Beach Plain Dealer

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