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Bret as Mr. Bainbridge in Rotorua Museum

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Re: Banter About Bret

Postby closet jemainiac » Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:24 am

Please tell me it is some sort of optical illusion (those ridculously long fingers)....its kinda gross even :?
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Re: Banter About Bret

Postby Faith » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:07 am

He does have some really long fingers. Mine are like that too. My brother used to tell me I had gorilla hands because my palm is normal sized but my fingers are freakishly long.
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Re: Banter About Bret

Postby Great H » Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:24 am

It's OK closet, (can I call you closet?! :D ) I don't think his fingers are really that freakishly out of proportion lengthwise... :hrm: I reckon his hand is actually just a bit bent making the back of the hand visually foreshortened (can you tell I did life drawing at art school? :lol:)

And big thanks 4ever! :hug: Being a kiwi I knew the eruption was a real event of course - it's a big part of the history of the North Island - but I had no idea Mr Bainbridge was based on a real person either! Isn't google a wonderful thing?

And Nonch you win the prize for best (and possibly only?) use of the :teeth: icon
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Re: Banter About Bret

Postby nonchalant obsession » Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:51 am

Thanks Great H! I like prizes! All these new Bret images are the best prize ever. 8)

Bret has very nice, aestheticly pleasing fingers. I could banter about his phalanges for days, weeks even. They are in no way too long or freakish. There's just something weird going on between the film and the camera in that shot, that's all. Oh, the talent that inhabits those digits.

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Re: Banter About Bret

Postby closet jemainiac » Sat Jan 16, 2010 5:05 pm

nonchalant obsession wrote:Thanks Great H! I like prizes! All these new Bret images are the best prize ever. 8)

Bret has very nice, aestheticly pleasing fingers. I could banter about his phalanges for days, weeks even. They are in no way too long or freakish. There's just something weird going on between the film and the camera in that shot, that's all. Oh, the talent that inhabits those digits.


You are quite right, Nonch! They're not big and creepy like that other guy's :lol:

Actually, that other guy's arent creepy either.
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Re: Banter About Bret

Postby nonchalant obsession » Tue Mar 20, 2012 3:27 pm

I don't think we have a separate thread for this, I could only find our lively conversation about it in this thread anyway (starting around page 33/34). It seems Bret's mum finally got to see his work as Edwin. :lol:

Bret McKenzie’s Road To Oscar Glory Kick-Started In Rotorua

New Zealand Oscar winner Bret McKenzie landed one of his first acting roles in Rotorua, where he starred in a short film that still screens daily at the city’s museum.
Bret McKenzie’s Road To Oscar Glory Kick-Started In Rotorua

ROTORUA, Friday 2nd March 2012: New Zealand Oscar winner Bret McKenzie landed one of his first acting roles in Rotorua, where he starred in a short film that still screens daily at the city’s museum.

McKenzie is the most recent in a growing list of Hollywood names produced by Rotorua. He recently won an Oscar for Best Original Song at the 84th Annual Academy Awards for writing Man or Muppet for the Muppets movie.

But it was 14 years ago when he was given an acting break in Rotorua Stories – an 18 minute-long movie that charts the city’s major historical turning points, including the 1886 Tarawera Eruption.

Destination Rotorua Marketing general manager Oscar Nathan, says McKenzie auditioned and won the part of tourist Edwin Bainbridge who died trying to escape the Te Wairoa Hotel during the eruption.

“Bret’s mum, Diedre Tarrant, came into the Rotorua Museum only a month ago,” Nathan says. “She had never seen the movie before and she loved it. So if you’re a Bret McKenzie fan,
it’s definitely worth checking out to see where his acting career first began.”

Rotorua Stories was made by Wellington producer Story Inc. and features legendary local actor Temuera Morrison who has also made a big name for himself in Hollywood.

“If you want to go to Hollywood, come to Rotorua first,” Nathan says. “Cliff Curtis is another Rotorua local who is now an international hit. I think it’s pretty clear we don’t create muppets in Rotorua
– we create Hollywood stars!”

Nathan says the city is a great launching pad for international success and offers actors countless opportunities through the arts, music, film, kapa haka and other performances.
“Rotorua is the thriving heartland of New Zealand’s arts and culture – as well as being a fantastic place to live. We know Hollywood and Hollywood knows us.
We have a positive working relationship with Hollywood and host a lot of celebrities in our luxury lodges and world-renowned spas,” Nathan says.

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Re: Bret as Mr. Bainbridge in Rotorua Museum

Postby Venus » Tue Mar 20, 2012 8:23 pm

Good call, nonch. It was a very lively discussion so I've now split the thread into its own topic.

Glad that Bret's mum has watched Bret's appearance for herself too. :)
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Re: Bret as Mr. Bainbridge in Rotorua Museum

Postby Great H » Tue Mar 20, 2012 9:57 pm

The Rotorua museum are totally trading on having Bret in their film! :lol:
That was such a fun discussion!
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Re: Bret as Mr. Bainbridge in Rotorua Museum

Postby nonchalant obsession » Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:38 pm

Great H wrote:The Rotorua museum are totally trading on having Bret in their film! :lol:

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Seriously. Have you taken a look at their website lately?

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Re: Bret as Mr. Bainbridge in Rotorua Museum

Postby LauraK » Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:38 pm

His "gripping portrayal?" :lol:

I bet he's getting a good laugh over that! :D

Soon, they'll be call it Bret's "gripping portrayal of Edwin Bainbridge in our masterpiece of short museum filmmaking..." ;)
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Re: Bret as Mr. Bainbridge in Rotorua Museum

Postby Nancy » Wed Mar 21, 2012 7:59 pm

Seriously? "Admire the enigmatic Mr Bainbridge in a nightdress"? :P :drool: :tonqe:
I thought one of you folks added that! :snakeman: :twisted:
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Re: Bret as Mr. Bainbridge in Rotorua Museum

Postby Venus » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:11 pm

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So true, Nancy. Maybe they were following our discussion so they decided to add that in? Or did you give them any ideas, nonch. ;) I was laughing reading back over our previous posts. :lol:

The NZ Herald also noticed Rotorua's marketing:
Rotovegas capitalises on Oscar

A music channel played the Black Seeds music video featuring Bret McKenzie, Air New Zealand tweeted pictures of him and his Oscar in its Koru lounge, and Destination Rotorua's marketing wing said: "Bret McKenzie landed one of his first acting roles in Rotorua, where he starred in a short film that still screens daily at the city's museum. McKenzie is the most recent in a growing list of Hollywood names produced by Rotorua. ... Cliff Curtis is another local who is now an international hit. I think it's pretty clear we don't create muppets in Rotorua, we create Hollywood stars!" (I think he stayed at our flat once ... Maybe I should dig out the pillow case for Trade Me.)

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It would be cool if other old Bret projects we haven't seen such as the ads he did as a kid somehow resurfaced due to his Oscar win.
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Re: Bret as Mr. Bainbridge in Rotorua Museum

Postby nonchalant obsession » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:16 pm

You guys :roll2: I made that second screen. :boogie: Wow, I am getting pretty good with my msPaint.

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Re: Bret as Mr. Bainbridge in Rotorua Museum

Postby Venus » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:19 pm

:roll2: Love it! :clap:
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Re: Bret as Mr. Bainbridge in Rotorua Museum

Postby Nancy » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:22 pm

Whoah! Sucked right in!!! Hooked her! :rolls: Oh dear, too many dead brain cells over the years! :doh:
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