Yesterday in the Herald Sun there was a face staring out at me from among the pictures of casualties.
"I know that bloke!"
VETERAN actor Reg Evans and his partner are believed to have died while trying to defend their small farm at St Andrews from the fire that destroyed their land.
My mind meanders back to 1980 and the Karratha drive-in. There, with Neil Darbyshire and Kevin McGinty, I watched The Island, a reputed howler in which Michael Caine stumbles on an undiscovered tribe of pirates of the Caribbean, one of who is Jack the Bat as played by Reg Evans. A farcical fillum according to many, but entirely plausible and entertaining as far as I am concerned.
But, while Reg in The Island has stuck in my nadger these last 29 years, he will forever be famous for another monumental scene:
Bubba Zanetti: We're here to meet a friend. Comin' on the train.
Station Master: Nothin' comin' on the train except a couple of crates and a, uh, coffin!
Bubba Zanetti: Our friend.
Station Master: That must be your friend over there. They didn't leave much of him.
Bubba Zanetti: Must've cut his heart out, eh?
Station Master: Yes. That's what I meant. Poor bastard!
Toecutter: [whirls on the Station Manager] The Nightrider. That is his name... the Nightrider.
Station Master: [frightened] The NightRider.
Toecutter: Remember him when you look at the night sky!
Station Master: I will.
Toecutter: Take your hat off.
Station Master: Anything you say.
Toecutter: Anything I say. What a wonderful philosophy you have. Take him away.
Reg doesn't get a name, he's just "station master". But there would barely be an Aussie fillum fan who can't recite that exchange, almost verbatim.