I lost my voice & ended up in a film with Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt on the set of his new film World War Z. In Cochrane Street Glasgow with some of the film crew. With his security chief and PA.   Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 17th August 2011.
Brad Pitt on the set of his new film World War Z. In Cochrane Street Glasgow with some of the film crew. With his security chief and PA. Picture Robert Perry The Scotsman 17th August 2011.

A KIRKCALDY man has turned trauma into triumph, after an illness forced him to re-train - and landed him a part in one of the biggest films to hit our screens next year.

When Adam Michael-Weldon, a singer and musical theatre aficionado, lost his voice two years ago, he was forced to re-consider his future.

But what he thought could ruin his career has instead changed his life, opening doors for bigger things to come.

Last month Adam (43) landed a coveted part in World War Z - the zombie flick from Brad Pitt which came to Glasgow to film some scenes in the city centre last month.

And aside from almost knocking Pitt down while they were filming, things are definitely looking up.

“I lost my voice completely a couple of years ago,” he told the Press.

Re-train

“I thought if I can’t sing I have to re-train in something. It became an opportunity and I went to college to study sound production.

‘‘I had an operation last year after they found a lump in my throa.

‘‘Although my voice is fine again my life has changed because I discovered new skills.”

A budding actor and soundtrack composer, Adam was given the opportunity of a lifetime when he sailed through auditions to be one of the zombies on the blockbuster directed by Marc Forster.

However, casting directors took a shine to the Kirkcaldy actor.

And they decided to cast him in two different parts - a business man, and another, top-secret role.

As a result Adam spent 12 days in Glasgow, where the streets had been transformed to look like Philadelphia, working alongside hundreds of cast and crew.

“The whole thing was incredible,” Adam continued.

“Everything right down to the last detail was changed on the set, from big signs to the newspapers in the paper stands.

Privilege

“There were 120 crew, cars were being flipped and people running but they worked together so seamlessly - it was a privilege to be a part of that.

“It was inspiring and exciting working in such close proximity to Brad Pitt.

‘‘ The first day I got a good 30 second stare out of my system, and then it was just about getting on with it.”

Adam was so inspired by the film he has written a piece of music for it, in the hopes that the director might like it.

And, with one blockbuster under his belt, Adam has already been put forward for Cloud Atlas - a film starring Tom Hanks which will also be shot in Glasgow.

“It’s all really exciting - it’s funny how doors can open when you least expect it.”