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Bret as Mr. Bainbridge in Rotorua Museum

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:19 am
by helgecko
Funny little tidbit:

I'm in Rotorua now and went to the Rotorua museum earlier today. They show a 20 minute film there of the (Maori and European) history of the Rotorua area, the theraputic bath houses and the volcano that erupted in the 1800s. And guess who's in it?? I nearly fell out of my seat :shock: :lol:

Bret has a small speaking role as one Mr Bainbridge in full period costume (top hat n all at one point). It must have been filmed quite a while ago, as Bret is v baby-faced and all eyes (and gorgeous!). Looks like maybe around the time he filmed LotR.

But (SPOILER ALERT!) Mr Bainbridge dies at the end. Damn that pesky volcano.

:lol:

Re: Banter About Bret

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:40 am
by Peaches
:rolls: :roll2:

That's classic!

Re: Banter About Bret

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:48 am
by songbird
That's too funny! :roll2:
Do you think the video is on youtube?

Re: Banter About Bret

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:48 am
by bakergirl30
That's pretty awesome Hel. :lol:

Re: Banter About Bret

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:57 am
by vmh
This is very good information to have when visiting NZ. That's going on my itinerary for sure!

Re: Banter About Bret

Posted: Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:59 pm
by trefusis
Well spotted, helgecko :thumb: - that'll definitely be on my tourist trail in the unlikely event that I make it to NZ while it's still there .

Re: Banter About Bret

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:35 am
by Great H
Hi guys! :wave:
I've been away for a bit zipping around the country on my month off work and my last stop was the Rotorua Museum, where a someone who shall remain nameless (Helgecko!), apparently spotted a certain individual we all might be interested in, appearing in the museum's movie presentation. Since I was passing though and all, I thought it was my duty to check that out and review the situation... And she is entirely correct! Being a sneaky kiwi I got a few pieces of evidence too - alas my camera doesn't seem to have saved the glorious top-hat-and-tailed pic I thought I took (I'm SO gonna look into that!) but I have got some of the pith helmet scene... aint he just so cute! :D

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And I just couldn't resist - one in his nightwear! :lol:

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Re: Banter About Bret

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:37 am
by Faith
Well done, Great H! :thumb: What was this movie presentation about?

Re: Banter About Bret

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:56 am
by Great H
A brief history of the Rotorua area, Maori settlement and mythology, the arrival of the Pakeha (Europeans) of which "Mr Bainbridge" is one, and all the geological and geothermal goings-on around here, ie, earthquakes and eruptions! It's only a very short film, but quite amusing and worth seeing! (It also stars Temuera Morrison a kiwi actor you may know from Star Wars (Jango Fett!) or the must-see kiwi film Once Were Warriors)

Re: Banter About Bret

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:03 am
by Faith
So why is Mr Bainbridge running around in his nightgown? ;)

I must have missed this museum when my bus tour went through Rotorua. Too busy zorbing. Oh well, if I ever make it back to NZ, I'll have to go see it.

Re: Banter About Bret

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 8:04 am
by helgecko
YAAAAYY!! :yay: :yay: :biggrin:
I'm not mad!! It really was him! And I'm not the only to have witnessed this! Hooray! :lol:
So glad you went and saw it and got evidence Great H :hug:

Isn't he freakishly beautiful in it? :thud:

Re: Banter About Bret

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:32 am
by Gracie
Painfully beautiful. :thud:


Thanks, Great H! :thumb: :prayer: And nice spot, Helgecko. 'Course you're not mad. :hug:

Re: Banter About Bret

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 3:30 pm
by trefusis
Aw, fantastic! Well spotted, ladies - and thanks for posting them, GreatH :thumb:

Wonderfully arched eyebrows in the third pic. (But my good grief, he looks about 12... :worry: )

Re: Banter About Bret

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:10 pm
by nonchalant obsession
Oh Great H! :D Excellent work you sneaky kiwi! :lol: We are all in your debt, and Hel's for stumbling upon it! :prayer: Ha! I wonder how he feels about this now, and if many people recognize him in the film.

Great H wrote:...alas my camera doesn't seem to have saved the glorious top-hat-and-tailed pic I thought I took (I'm SO gonna look into that!)

:o This is a tragedy. You just may have to go back sometime. :lol: *drifts off into Bret as Mr. Darcy fantasy*

He looks just wonderful in your photos! Sigh, Mr. Bainbridge... :whitey: How nice to get a month off and travel around a bit. Thanks so much for bringing these back to share, Great H! :clap:

Re: Banter About Bret

Posted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 7:59 pm
by LauraK
Very cool indeed! Thanks for getting the photos, Great H! :D The one of him in the nightdress.......*giggle* but men did wear them in olden times, huh? ;)