When Jarrod Riesinger saw Hacksaw Ridge this week, he found the experience “surreal”.
The Mount Annan performer was on set for 12 weeks as the Mel Gibson-directed film was shot at Bringelly, Fox Studios and Richmond.
When the extra finally saw himself on screen this week, he was immediately transported back to the long, hard days on set.
“It was so surreal to see myself up there,” the 23-year-old said.
“It was a wonderful experience filming and to see the end result after living and breathing it for so long was fantastic.”
Mr Riesinger spent most of his time filming at Bringelly, for the epic battle scenes set in Japan.
The result on screen is stirring and emotional, but the actor – who is also a professional wrestler – said the time on set was hard work.
“We were out there all day and all night sometimes,” he said.
“Mel Gibson was directing us around and physically moving us into position sometimes so he could get the best shot.
“We were covered in mud and dirt with flies and fake blood stuck to our faces, lying on the ground.”
Mr Riesinger said he spent a lot of time with the other extras, actors and crew and thought it was a brilliant opportunity for his first taste of a major motion picture.
The actor did not have any lines in the film but completed some stunt work and was one of the ‘dead bodies’ checked on the battlefield by star Andrew Garfield as Desmond Doss.
Now that he’s had a taste of a big-scale production, Mr Riesinger is keen to become involved in even more movies.
“There are plenty of films set to be shot in Australia in the future,” he said.
“There’s the Prometheus sequel coming here and talk that one of the Star Wars movies will be filmed in Australia.
“I’m definitely happy to keep taking extra roles but you always want more so I could look into supporting roles as well.”
Mr Riesinger thinks everyone should head to the cinemas to see Hacksaw Ridge.
Released this week, he said “words cannot describe” how good the movie is.
“It’s one of the most real war films I have ever seen,” he said.
“It’s completely immersive. It would be great for more people to go out and see it.”