Cloud Atlas actor leaves Castlemilk for Hollywood

Cloud Atlas actor Martin Docherty never thought he'd join co-stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant on the red carpet, until his friends started fundraising to send him to Hollywood.

Skint Marty plays Tom Hank's brother in the movie, part of which was filmed in Scotland, but couldn't afford the flight to LA for the premiere. So friends Ian Bustard and Martyn Robertson thought they'd help him out.

They set up a Facebook page to help fundraise and soon had the support of Lord Provost Sadie Docherty and First Minister Alex Salmond.

And yesterday the 38-year-old star left Glasgow city centre with his friends in tow.

As well as attending the premiere, Marty has scheduled meetings with casting directors, agents and other actors in a bid to catapult himself to stardom. Pals Ian and Martyn will be filming him throughout his journey for a documentary entitled Marty Goes to Hollywood.

Castlemilk's Marty joins a growing group of actors to have come out of the area, which has traditionally seen high levels of poverty and unemployment.

Director Ken Loach cast Castlemilk locals William Ruane and Gary Maitland in Scottish summer hit The Angel's Share.

Stephen McCole, meanwhile, appeared in Peter Mullan's Neds.

Glasgow itself has also become a big draw to Hollywood, with movies like The Fast and the Furious 6, World War Z and The Dark Knight Rises all featuring the city's streets.

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