All this talk of Winter sports, of which curling is one, got me to think about Kevin's role in the movie The Last Chance. Curling schedule for the Olympics
The Last Chance It's one of the few movies ever to use curling as a plot device...
- Curling is Scotland’s second national sport after Golf.
- The game of curling is thought to have been invented in late medieval Scotland.
- World wide it now has over a million participants in 35 countries
November 12, 2002
Curling takes to the silver screen
Now it may not have a reputation as a glamorous sport but the world of curling is to become the setting of a new Scottish film. The Bums' Rush (The last Chance) is being produced by actor Dougray Scott who also has a small role in the black comedy.
With production starting next week in the Highlands, the star and the rest of cast gingerly took to the ice for their first practice session.
The actors' first curling practice proved an amusing interruption to this afternoon's game for the ladies of Greenacres Curling Club, as the cast of Scotland's latest film line up for their first venture onto the ice.
Dougray Scott said: "I play a small part, Frankie the fence whose life is the curling club, know a lot of people have passions in their life, some have football, others golf, Frankie has curling, a bit sad really, shouldnt say that. Its a very good game, I've just had a go and its good fun."
Stewart Svaasand, the writer and director, said: "We do hope that we can do curlers some justice and they dont look like complete novices but we are under no illusions that after one lesson, they are not going to be the finished article."
The film follows three friends whose lives are changed forever when they think they strike gold in the hills but their plans are ruined when it comes to the attention of the local curling club. For the moment, the stars are more concerned with just keeping upright.
Jamie Sives said: "We watched all these ladies playing it earlier and they were making it look very easy but as soon as we got on the ice we were all over the place."
Kevin McKidd added: "I'm just doing the brooming thing, I don't know what it's called, the back and forth with the stick. I don't think I'll be frequenting the curling rink after this, it's a bit too nippy for me as well."
The cast will have to get used to those chilly temperatures, with filming due to get underway next week, it seems they will have to put in plenty of practise.
One Last chance director Stewart Svaasand on curling
We got quite competitive about curling, actually. Kevin McKidd and Jimmy Chisholm and me became particularly competitive. They won't admit it, but they were taking it seriously! Man, it's such a difficult sport. I mean, total respect to these guys who play it. It's so tough. You turn up and watch these people who are getting on in years throwing these stones and sliding up and down the ice gracefully and wonder how hard can it be. But graceful we were not. It was hard to film the curling scenes too. We did one tracking shot across the ice. We put the director of photography on a rubber mat and just pulled him along (Source)