Hollywood newcomer Bryan Larkin was stunned to be working with fellow Scot Gerard Butler on the set of London Has Fallen, because just a month before the two met, he learned a family friend had close ties to the 300 star.
A neighbour told Bryan to say hello to Gerard if he ever met the hunk, but he brushed the comment off as wishful thinking, only to meet the actor weeks later when they filmed an action scene together.
"A woman who was my neighbour back home in Scotland told me that she knew Gerard, and she said if I ever met him I was to say hello," Bryan tells WENN. "I didn't think I ever would but one month later I was cast opposite him and gave Gerard the message. As it turns out she was right and is one of his mother's best friends. Small world!"
Larkin, who makes his Hollywood big screen debut in London Has Fallen, admits it was a real privilege working with Butler in Bulgaria, revealing his fellow Scot is a real action man with a great sense of humour.
"He has a wicked sense of humour when he's not working," he recalls. "I remember sitting between takes watching the YouTube videos of the craziest stuff people do on the internet and we shared stories about our time growing up in Scotland. He's a great guy."
But Bryan, a former competitive junior Scottish bodybuilder, also experienced how film stunts can quickly go awry, especially when a leading man is involved, when Gerard thought for a scary moment he had shattered glass in his eye.
"There was a car crash scene and he (Gerard) was inside the car upside down," Larkin adds. "There was fake glass still stuck in the visor of the car that fell on his face. He went quiet and just said nothing as we stood there watching.
"Everything just stopped and a doctor was called and he got the all clear. Gerard didn't want anybody fussing, and he never complained but I could tell he was p**sed because it slowed things down on the night. Then he apologised to me if he seemed p**sed.
"The best connection I had with him was when he still had that glass in his eye after a take and I asked him what was wrong and he said, 'Sorry man if I come across as a pain in the a**, I don't mean to'. I said, 'It's your movie, I see how much it means to you, take it out on me in the next take. I'm here to work for you'.
"After that he just went to town on me, every chance there was to make our scenes more authentic or longer, or improvise to make my part more memorable; he made it happen on set."