LIFE can be nerve-wracking enough when you are an up-and-coming young actor but few things are more likely to turn your knees to jelly than being told that Hollywood titan Steven Spielberg would like to speak to you.
Especially when you are sitting naked in your dressing room when the message arrives!
Star-in-the-making Robert Emms was appearing in the record-breaking West End production of War Horse when the Jaws and E.T. director approached him about a film adaptation.
The 25-year-old former Oakwood student – whose real name is Robert MacPherson – said: “I was sitting naked in my dressing room and someone told me that Steven wanted to come and see me.
“I was really lucky because when I was doing the play they announced he was thinking of doing a film and coming to see the show.
“I didn’t know what he was thinking at this point. I thought maybe he just wanted some ideas.
“The next day he asked for shots of my TV work to see what I looked like on screen. Then two weeks later I was offered the part.
“When I got the call I felt I was totally shocked. My agent had said before ‘this does happen, don’t get your hopes up’.”
But Horley-born Robert was right to get his hopes up as the film – in which he plays David Lyons – is due to open in the UK this month.
And, if the trailers are anything to go by, it will be a real tear-jerker.
Robert said: “It was amazing, like a dream come true. You never even imagine it as an actor. You don’t aim to be in one of Steven Spielberg’s films.”
The $70 million epic has already been nominated for the best picture category at the Golden Globes and is expected to pick up several Oscar nominations.
Read the full interview in the Crawley Observer.