Mango Mad Torchwood Star Goes to Market

Bill Pullman can't resist Shepherd's Bush's exotic fruits

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Torchwood's exceedingly evil Oswald Danes has paid a visit to Shepherd's Bush market.

American actor Bill Pullman, who plays the baddie in the new BBC series, surprised stallholders by making an early morning trip to the market and picking up three large boxes of mangoes and other exotic fruit.

He then carted them back to BBC Television Centre and surprised a string of journalists by offering them fresh fruit and licking the juice from his fingers during interviews.

John Barrowman, who plays Torchwood hero, Captain Jack Harkness, was also startled to see desks in the Beeb's office piled high with varieties of fruit. He asked his co-star: " Are you selling these? "

In fact it appears Bill has become something of a mango expert after taking part in a documentary on the subject.

The actor has been a fan of rare fruits for years and grows them in his orchard  in Los Angeles, and when he was approached to appear in documentarian Jung Chang's film The Fruit Hunters he says jumped at the chance to expand his knowledge about mangoes.

He told "I've been growing rare fruits for a while quietly in my spare time and it got into a profile two years ago and this Montreal documentary filmmaker read about it. We met about a year and a half ago and he's been building it and now we're starting to shoot.

"I just got back from Florida, the centre of tropical fruits, where they had the mango festival, so I'm gonna be on camera for parts of it. I was kind of the audience's eye into the world of the wildness of mangoes.

"There were 350 different varieties and I tasted over 25 different mangoes. There are mangoes like a Creamsicle or a Pina Colada. It's the fierceness of people searching for exotic flavours and they're all gathered there in Florida. For somebody who dabbles in horticulture, like I do, it was a thrill and a half.

"The next phase is we're gonna shoot in L.A. for a bit because there are a bunch of growers and eventually we'll end up at the Seychelles Islands."

July 15, 2011







July 15, 2011

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