Actor James Tupper to sample Isle of Man scenery

HE was last seen drifting on a life raft in the Bering Sea after his ship sank at the end of the second series of cult American drama Men In Trees.

Now rugged Canadian actor James Tupper, who plays wildlife biologist Jack Slattery, is safely ashore – having made landfall in the Isle of Man.

He is one of the all-star cast currently filming Me and Orson Welles in the Island.

Tourism chiefs have invited the Men in Trees star, a keen rambler, to sample some of the coastal and country walks the Island had to offer.

Chief executive of the Department of Tourism and Leisure Carol Glover said she had to do a double take when she spotted him in the Java Lounge.

'I thought I was hallucinating!' she laughed. 'Me and my husband got talking to him and he was a really nice bloke.

'He offered to telephone my sister and tell her he was ringing from a life raft in the Bering Sea! He loves country walks and it would be great if he could do some of the walks in the Island to promote our beautiful countryside.'

James Tupper, who is dating his Men In Trees co-star Anne Heche, plays actor Joseph Cotten – whose career was launched with roles in classic Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons – in Richard Linklater's indie biopic Me and Orson Welles which also stars high School Musical heart-throb Zac Efron.

Dave Fallows, senior business development manager for the DTL, said: 'I can confirm that the department has extended an invitation to James Tupper to experience some Manx hospitality and to gain an insight into the lifestyle that we enjoy on the Isle of Man and some of our Island's stunning scenery, attractions and activities.'

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