A QUEENSLAND town is hoping English actor Colin Firth will be a late starter for its biggest horse-racing event of the year.
Ipswich Turf Club chairman Brett Kitching said he had heard Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale had asked the actor to attend the Cup that draws a crowd of more than 20,000 racegoers on Saturday.
Mr Kitching said extra security would be needed should the star of The Railway Man, being filmed in Ipswich this week, attend the event.
“I guess you’d need a couple of extra security guards, we already have 200 security guards on duty,” Mr Kitching said.
Cr Pisasale confirmed he had invited the actor.
“I have put the message out, but it will depend on his commitments to the film,” Cr Pisasale said.
“I doubt he’ll get there, but I had to put out the invitation. I’m not holding my breath because a lot of money is on the line for him to get the movie right, but we had to ask him.”
Ipswich News, which has also offered four tickets to the Englishman to attend its tent, has been on Firth watch near the Workshops Rail Museum where the film was being shot, but the Hollywood hunk had not been spotted.