Published on June 19th, 2012 | by Meredith Burdett
Matt’s Got the Rowing Bug!
You’d think that as one of the most recognisable faces in Britain and possibly the world, Matt Smith would be able to get himself a couple tickets to the London 2012 Olympics but, alas no, the actor has not been able to get hold of any.
The interest for the tickets comes from Smith’s latest acting role that (brace yourselves) does not have anything to do with Doctor Who.
Smith has been filming a BBC drama about the 1948 Olympics called Bert and Dickie, which tells the story of two rowers winning double sculls gold. It shows the two men, who were accomplished rowers but had never worked together, training for a mere 5 weeks to win the event which must have taken something very, very special to do. At not quite the same level, Smith and his co star of the piece, Sam Hoare, were thrown in at the deep end (no pun intended) and given a week to learn the art of sculling which is to row with two oars rather than one.
Maybe Smith has gone a bit method after the fact but all the rowing has given him a taste for it and the actor would love a chance to get some tickets for the London rowing event this year. However, these are hard things to come by, even to the man who is not only the Doctor, who has not only filmed a drama about an Olympic triumph but has also carried the Olympic flame through Cardiff recently! But he’s not alone; things are difficult even for those who are involved in the event:
“The four guys we were training with [for Bert and Dickie], who were going to the Olympics, busting their balls off, even they could only get a ticket each for their families,”
Olympic fever has grabbed the nation it seems!