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NEWS | Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Charles Thake sustains minor injuries on ‘Agora’ set

Matthew Vella

Veteran actor Charles Thake, aged 80, was injured on the set of the ancient Egyptian epic ‘Agora’, onlookers told MaltaToday.
Thake, who was unavailable for comment, had “a bad fall” during a scene in which extras had to run. They collided with the actor, who was reported to have incurred minor facial injuries.
Production supervisor Oliver Mallia said the accident “was of minor nature” and didn’t stop Thake from working with the production.
Academy Award-winner Alejandro Amenábar is directing the big-budget Agora on location in Malta, which is expected to take about 15 weeks. Nearly 400 locals were employed preparing the largest set ever built on Malta for the movie, which has a €50 million budget.
Hollywood star Rachel Weisz plays the real-life figure Hypatia of Alexandria, the Western world’s first female astronomer and philosopher.
Weisz’s husband Darren Aronofsky is also in Malta, editing his new film The Wrestler, apparently in the comfort of the couple’s Marsaxlokk house and on his Mac, as evidenced in his blog entry this week.

Toilet troubles
In another episode on the film set, an extra claimed he was fired on the spot for demanding to go to the toilet. Chris Muscat, 29, says he repeatedly asked members of the film crew in between cuts to go to the toilet but was denied the request because the scene was not yet filmed in its entirety.
Muscat said he waited at least 20 minutes after being told he would be given a toilet break. As he left the film set to go for his break, a man in charge asked him for his name and said he was to be escorted by security outside the film site and would not be paid for the day.
Muscat said he was accused of talking on the set. He said a day’s filming would have earned him €47.



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