EastEnders actor Ricky Grover was so impressed with an Aylesbury comedian’s film script that he agreed to star in the production to make sure it got made.
Glen Maney, who grew up in Patricks Way, based the story on another comedian – who within the space of 72 hours watched a a parent die, was fired from his job and lost his girlfriend to another comic.
The 48-year-old professional stand-up comedian sold the script to a production company for £2 million, but when it later failed to raise the capital he decided to make it himself.
Glen begged from friends and family for £30,000 to help finance the production and Grover, who is known for playing Andrew Cotton in the BBC TV soap, agreed to play one of the lead roles.
The writer said: “Ricky Grover was a joy to work with to be honest.
“He helped out in every way he could and he and his wife Maria even laid on the catering for the crew and cast on a couple of the mornings of filming.
“I have known Ricky for years through comedy and a mutual love of boxing and he’s one of the nicest guys on the circuit. A genuine hard man with a heart.
“He brought an experience to the set which was invaluable when making a low budget film. We used a lot of improvisation around structured lines from the script and some of his improvising was hilarious.
“He’s a true professional, a genuinely funny guy and we are all glad he’s got onto EastEnders and is getting some of the credit he deserves.”
The film was shot in London, Glasgow and on the Isle of Wight.
To see clips visit www.thelimelightmovie.com