Zombie film role for town politician

NRHN 31-07-12 BE 9 Alan Webb from Heanor in his zombie costume.
NRHN 31-07-12 BE 9 Alan Webb from Heanor in his zombie costume.
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A Heanor Liberal Democrat politician has swapped campaigning on local issues for a role as zombie in a film thriller on the flesh eaters.

Factory employee Alan Webb, who contested and lost the Heanor West seat on the town council in 2011, is to star in the forthcoming independent film Zombie Hood shot in Nottingham.

The 28-year-old dad of three has only recently acquired an interest in culture of the flesh eating kind – sparked when he read an article about Zombie Awareness month in the Huffington Post in May.

It lead him to apply for a role as an extra in the film shot in Nottingham in June.

He said: “It was just after the council elections and I needed something to perk my mood up.

“I wondered whether there were any films based nearby.

“I did a Google search and found Zombie Hood - the next thing I knew I was signed up to be an extra in it.”

Proud Lib Dem Alan joined 150 other extras to shoot scenes at Nottingham Castle.

But far from being a mere bit part player, he impressed film directors so much, one scene sees him killing off one of the main characters.

“It was an excellent laugh,” said Alan, of The Meadows, Heanor. “The rest of the cast and crew were brilliant.”

But he says he is no ‘doomsayer’ and that his recent interest in the walking dead is just a bit of fun.

Alan said: “I just enjoy the pop culture – I don’t think zombies are coming to get us !”

His film role has lead to some friendly banter from work colleagues, however. “I get the usual jokes of, ‘well at least you won’t have to wear make up and the like!”

The Zombie Hood film premiere is set for Friday, January 11, 2013, at the Contemporary Arts Centre in Nottingham.

Now Alan seems to have got the taste for playing a zombie, has also applied for a role in a real-life interactive zombie thriller game 2.8 Hours Later taking place in cities nationwide.