Former Seaton man secures role in Hollywood blockbuster

PUBLISHED: 14:30 20 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:10 28 July 2017

Sean James shared these pictures from his day on set on Transformers The Last Knight

Sean James shared these pictures from his day on set on Transformers The Last Knight


Sean James, 45, was among the extras for Michael Bay's Transformers: The Last Knight.

A man who grew up in Seaton has snapped up a role in a Hollywood blockbuster.

Sean James was among the extras for Michael Bay’s Transformers: The Last Knight.

The 45-year-old had no clue his first feature role would be in the popular franchise until he arrived on set, believing he was working on a film called Buttercup.

Sean, who was the star of Channel 4’s documentary Repo Man, was also surprised to find he had made the film’s trailer after racing to grab a spot behind the knight’s round table.

He said; “One guy said ‘you’re in Transformers’ and I said ‘it might be my first film mate but don’t take the mick!’

“I’m in it for about five seconds which is a lot because they cut lots out.

“I was behind King Arthur, you can see me and my flag and there are Transformers behind me. I couldn’t have asked for a better place, it was absolutely brilliant.”

The actor, who now lives in Cannock, Staffordshire, could not share any of his photos from the day until the film’s release.

He recalled after 12 hours of filming he raced to jump on one of the minibuses.

He said: “All the buses were leaving so I just run and literally jumped on and pushed my way in on a really nice one, as I got on everyone was looking at me and didn’t chat to me at all, but they were all chatting to each other, then it dawned on me as the bus set off, I was actually on the Hollywood A listers bus, and I was sitting right smack in the middle of King Arthur and his knights.”

After leaving Sidmouth College, Sean served in the navy as a radar operator on HMS Ark Royal during the first Gulf War.

He then became a private detective and worked in car repossession for 17 years before being approached by Channel 4 for its documentary Repo Man.

The programme drew in an audience of 2.3million and is now filming a third series.

He said: “Most people do not even see themselves, you probably will only see the back side of your head. I couldn’t believe it I was in the main trailer.”

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