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Sunday 25 January 2015

Rafe Spall would be happy stranded with his family

Rafe Spall
Rafe Spall

Rafe Spall would only need his "wife and two kids" if stranded on a desert island.

The actor is currently busy with work, promoting his new film Life of Pi, which is based on the fantasy novel by Yann Martel.

Rafe is married to South African actress Elize du Toi and when he isn't filming or hitting the red carpet, family is a priority for the 29-year-old.

"My wife and two children," he was quick to answer when Cover Media asked him which three things he would take to a desert island.

The other stars of the film also seem to hold family values dear.

Director Ang Lee took his wife, microbiologist Jane Lin, and Mason, the younger of his two sons, to the UK premiere of the movie in London yesterday.

Mason has recently been making waves in the film industry himself, having starred in 2011 film The Hangover Part II.

The famous director revealed he first had doubts about making the film while speaking at the premiere.

"I read it shortly after it came out. I enjoyed reading it. I introduced it to my wife and my kids. But I never thought, it was movie material", he said, before explaining what changed his mind.

"Somebody asked me to do it, they offered me the money and I started thinking, 'How do you crack this thing?' And then I thought of 3D. Maybe that extra dimension would open things up. And then of course I did my travelling in India and gradually, step by step, it evolved".

Also at the premiere was lead actor and Indian newcomer Suraj Sharma, who certainly had his family to thank for being there.

Suraj, 19, only went to the audition because his brother wanted the role and promised Suraj a Subway sandwich should he come along. At the premiere the boy, who Ang Lee subsequently hand-picked out of 3,000 candidates, confirmed that this story is true, but said that his brother has no hard feeling.

"He's been really good about the whole thing. He knows he is the better actor, so..." he joked. The philosophy student enjoyed his first acting experience and would like to continue making films.

"It depends if people like my acting. I guess, then I will," he said with a smile.

© Cover Media

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