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EntertainmentMungau Dain, Pacific Island Movie Star from Oscar-Nominated Film Tanna, Dies at 24

13:40  12 january  2019
13:40  12 january  2019 Source:   people.com

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Mungau Dain , a tribal villager from Vanuatu who starred in “ Tanna ,” an Oscar - nominated film about his Pacific island homeland, died on Saturday at a hospital in Port-Vila, the country’s capital. He was 24 .

9, 2015, file photo shows Mungau Dain in Venice, Italy. Dain had never considered acting before he starred in the Oscar - nominated film “ Tanna .” He got the role because his elders decided he was the best-looking guy in their traditional village on the Pacific nation of Vanuatu. Dain died Saturday, Jan.

Mungau Dain, Pacific Island Movie Star from Oscar-Nominated Film Tanna, Dies at 24 © Provided by TIME Inc. Mungau Dain, Pacific Island Movie Star from Oscar-Nominated Film Tanna, Dies at 24

Mungau Dain, an actor from the Pacific Islands best known for his role in the Oscar-nominated film Tanna, has died. He was 24.

The Vanuatu native passed away on Jan. 5, after cutting his leg open in Port-Vila and contracting an infection that was not immediately treated, according to The New York Times.

Jimmy Kawiel, a former official from the tourism department in Tafea Province, told the Times that Dain injured his leg on New Year’s Eve.

The actor leaves behind his wife, Nancy, and two children, according to AP. Meanwhile, his village Yakel — which is located on Tanna island — will carry out a traditional two-week mourning period, the outlet reported.

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Mungau Dain had never considered acting before he starred in the Oscar - nominated film " Tanna ." He got the role because his elders decided he was

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Mungau Dain , who earned the role in the Oscar - nominated film " Tanna " because his elders decided he was the best-looking guy in their traditional village on the Pacific island nation The movie won a number of awards, including two at the Venice Film Festival.

Mungau Dain, Pacific Island Movie Star from Oscar-Nominated Film Tanna, Dies at 24 © Films/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock Mungau Dain in Tanna | Films/Kobal/REX/Shutterstock

Following his passing, Tanna co-director Martin Butler spoke out about Dain’s tragic death, telling AP that he planned to attend the mourning period in Yakel with fellow director Bentley Dean.

“I was totally devastated. He was so fit and young and gorgeous. His wife is fabulous and the kids are great,” Butler told the outlet. “He was a great example of how you can live a totally different type of life, and still be completely happy.”

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In 2015, Dain earned himself a role in Tanna, which filmed a majority of its scenes in his tribal village and surrounding jungle.

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Tanna is a 2015 Australian-Ni-Vanuatu film set on the island of Tanna in the South Pacific , depicting the true story of a couple who decided to marry for love, rather than obey their parents' wishes.

9, 2015, file photo shows Mungau Dain in Venice, Italy. Dain had never considered acting before he starred in the Oscar - nominated film “ Tanna .” He got the role because his elders decided he was the best-looking guy in their traditional village on the Pacific nation of Vanuatu. Dain died Saturday, Jan.

With a cast primarily made up of locals who had never acted before, the Romeo and Juliet-type plot centered around a forbidden love who find themselves entangled in trouble after one is led towards an arranged marriage.

The film earned a number of accolades, including two wins at the Venice Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2017 for best foreign language film, according to its IMDb page.

But for Dain, who played himself in the adventure-drama, being the leading role in a critically-acclaimed film was something he had never considered.

According to Butler, Dain’s fellow villagers nominated him to take the big role because they felt he had the best looks of the group.

“The whole process of acting was something that he had not thought about,” Butler told the Times. “I don’t think at that stage he had seen a movie.”

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Dain had never considered acting before he starred in the Oscar - nominated film “ Tanna .” He got the role because his elders decided he was the best-looking guy in their traditional village on the Pacific Dain died Saturday in the capital Port Vila, after contracting a leg infection that wasn't quickly treated.

Mungau Dain , who earned the role in the Oscar - nominated film " Tanna " because his elders decided he was the best-looking guy in their traditional village on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, has Dain died Saturday in the capital Port Vila, after contracting a leg infection that wasn't quickly treated.

Despite going in with no previous experience or knowledge, Janita Suter, the film’s location producer, said Dain took his on and off-screen roles in stride. On screen, Suter told AP that Dain likely earned the title for the most improved actor.

Meanwhile off-screen, while traveling to promote the film, Dain enjoyed learning about other cultures while sticking true to his own customs and traditions, she said. He would often wear traditional garb to events, speak highly of his life back in Tanna, and even practice some of his traditional dances with other villagers.

“He was a really proud ambassador for his people,” Suter added to AP. “It’s a real loss.”

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