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Mark Wahlberg encourages guard to be an actor

Jamie Humphrey on a movie set
Jamie Humphrey on a movie set Image credit: kentonline.co.uk

A former security guard going through depression and substance abuse has said he turned his life around after speaking to Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg on a film set he was working on.

Jamie Humphrey, from Sittingbourne, has now been onset himself, but this time around he was appearing alongside Samuel L Jackson as an acting role in a Marvel movie.

He told Kent Online:  "Basically it all started when I was doing security for a film on set and I ended up bumping into Mark Wahlberg.

"I started speaking to him, and he asked me what I wanted to do, he's a friendly guy, and I said, I want to be an actor so he said 'Well, what are you doing standing here?'

"I put an ad out on Facebook explaining about my mental health, my ADHD and explained I wanted to be an actor, I'd only been a security guard for about nine months.

"From that a Bengali film maker messaged me, and offered me a day on set. My dad told me to take it, which led me to my first extra plus speaking role."

In 2015 Humphrey witnessed the death of his Nan, she passed away in front of his eyes triggering a four-year period of severe depression which saw the married father-of-five turn to drugs and alcohol.

Things started to change for the better when Humphrey was contacted by casting director Rupsa Banjree in 2020 who offered him a role in the 2021 movie, Anusandhan.

He said: "When I got that message from Rupsa on Facebook I thought it was one of those scams.

"I sent it to my dad, the audition was in Windsor and he said 'I'll pay for your ticket, go for it, you need to change your life around'.

"So I ended up going, jumping on set, not knowing what to expect as the film was in a different language, but before I know it I'm being directed and told I have a speaking role.

"After, I was asked to meet with a director for my next film and I was offered a main role, playing Richard, in a Nazi film called Swastik Sanket, which is a number one hit in Tollywood, from there my roles have just continued."

His part in Anusandhan is just the start for Humphery, he has also filming Gangs of London, playing the protagonist in a movie called Simon and set to appear in another Marvel film.

The latter production Jamie can’t say too much about, although he did reveal he was star-struck when he found out the role involved working alongside Samuel L Jackson, who is playing Nick Fury.

Humphrey said: "I'm an extra in a new Marvel series that fans may know about if they keep up with the franchise.

"But I can't say anything on that just yet. However I have spoken to him on set and a couple of the other A-listers, I try and be professional though, obviously not asking for selfies and things.

"I can't say too much though, Marvel are big with their Non-Disclosure Agreements. I can say however that I am also filming Legacy with Joe Egan, who starred in Sherlock Holmes, so that will be good."

It’s not just acting which Humphrey is enjoying the taste of, he is also being invited to high-profile events.

He said: "At the National Social Media Awards I got a phone call asking if I could present an award? And I was like 'hang on a minute, I've got nothing to say, what do you want me to do?' but I just got up on stage and presented.

"Now I've been nominated this year for up and coming actor on Social Media which is happening on October 6.

"It is just incredible because obviously I went from depression and losing everything.

"Now I've even got my kids on set

"His death is pushing me to take on as much work as I can, but I make sure he still comes with me to my awards and things.

"I've got a bow tie with his face on it and the first red carpet I went to I took a t-shirt with his face on it that said 'we finally made it'."

Humphrey went on to offer advice to budding actors eager to follow in his footsteps saying:  "The only thing I'll tell people not to do is theatre, because if you've got ADHD like me, you're not going to learn your lines.

"There's no point in doing it. Also, don't hang around with the wrong people and never work for free.

"Because if you start working for free people will always try and get you to work for free."

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