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      12 Dec 2001

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Behind the scenes:- 51st State.
An Exclusive to Southport Reporter!
 By Miranda Schunke.
In the lead up to Christmas, we thought we would bring you a film exclusive.  Our reporter,was on the set of new feature film, 51st State starring Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Carlyle.

It was way back in October 2000 when Liverpool was host to its very own version of Hollywood and I was lucky enough to do some work on the film set.  Step aside Nicole, Julia, and Jennifer, Miranda Schunke is coming through! Well, not quite, I was involved doing some background work as an extra and I was as pleased as punch when my agent called to say that my services were required.  Shooting for the big budget feature film began on October 1st which was also my first day on set.  Ronny Yu directed the film and was very
hands on from the first moment.  After leaving base camp where all the trucks and caravans were located at Kings Dock, we were bussed over to the action.  Much of the filming was done at the India Buildings in Water Street including many of the violent scenes which I was involved with. The building was transformed into a hotel setting where all manner of things were going on.  I must admit it was bizarre to see Samuel dressed in a kilt but he looked very handsome while being totally professional.  I was involved in one scene where golf clubs were being swung around and at one point, Samuel got quite close to where I was standing leaving me just a little scared.  Robert Carlyle was also in my proximity which was a treat considering I am big fan of his work. Concerning the golf clubs, there was one episode where there was a major accident on set.  We were rehearsing the scene we were doing when Samuel accidently swung a golf club at full force into the temple of one of the stuntmen.  Undoubtedly, he would have received a hefty payoff for the injury but it was quite alarming to see the man collapsed on the floor hardly moving.  There really was a hushed tone to the people in the room at that moment!

Jackson was obviously shaken by what he had done and filming was ceased for the rest of the day which was well received after such a long day already. Other scenes of the film were shot in Manchester and various other parts of Liverpool including some very large crowd scenes.  The crew and multitude of stars, including Meatloaf, Rhys Ifans and Ricky Tomlinson, certainly caused a stir all over the region. It was such hot news that, as one actor told me, he had been mobbed while visiting Southport one night but then again, he was Samuel's double!

Click to see our review of 51st State!

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Music Review.

As the race for the Christmas number one hots up, everyone is asking, who will it be.  Please, no, not Cliff, or even The Tweenies for that matter!  After hitting number one in the album charts with his 'Swing While You're
Winning', Robbie Williams has managed to also peak in the singles chart with
his duet with Nicole Kidman.  Could 'Something' Stupid' do it for another
week???  Quite possibly methinks.  The Christmas number one will be
announced on Radio 1 on Sunday at the usual time so get down the betting
shop if you feel like a flutter!

By Miranda Schunke.