A MAN who lost his right arm in a motorbike crash 18 years ago has discovered an exciting new calling – as a film and TV extra.
Simon Green, 44, from Thurston, has recently finished filming for the new series of Downton Abbey and worked alongside superstar Brad Pitt in his upcoming blockbuster zombie movie, World War Z.
Simon, a father-of-two, works through agency Amputees in Action which provides amputee extras for TV and film to add gritty realism to horrific war and action scenes.
The company also does life-saving work with the armed forces, helping to train troops to deal with the aftermath of explosive injuries and helping them to cope with losing a limb in battle.
The company has been involved in preparing the emergency services for the Olympic Games in London .
Simon said: “In some ways, losing my arm was the best thing that has ever happened to me. I am doing things now that I never thought I would do – since my accident I have never looked back. On set the amputees are always treated extremely well, we are treated more like the film stars than extras. I have recently worked on the new series of Downton Abbey and Brad Pitt’s new film World War Z. When I met him he was a very nice guy and is really down to earth.”
But Simon said film and TV was just part of the work carried out by Amputees in Action.
“They do a lot of work with the guys coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq who have had to deal with losing a limb. They also do a lot of training with the armed forces, teaching them to deal with emergencies under extreme pressure.It is an organisation that I am very proud to be a part of.”