Iain Pearson Trivia #3 – There’s no I in Oscar
Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (he of The King’s Speech, Les Miserables etc.) wasn’t always the Hollywood superstar he is today. Time was, he scraped a living directing Dot Cotton’s fag ash on the set of Eastenders.
But then one day he was plucked from obscurity to direct a big-budget (for DRTV) commercial for a well-known insurance company. And the rest, as they say in Tinseltown, is history.
Modesty prevents me from crediting the writer who spotted young Tom’s nascent directorial promise, but it’s fair to say Mr Hooper hasn’t looked back since. (Certainly, not long enough to send a bottle of something nice in his benefactor’s direction).