James Corden stars in One Chance – the amazing true-life story of Paul Potts, the people's opera star!
Not many stars can genuinely call themselves an overnight success story, but in 2007, Potts became just that.
When the then 36-year-old walked onto the stage of Cardiff’s Millennium Centre and wowed the Britain’s Got Talent audience with a soul-stirring rendition of Puccini’s ‘Nessun Dorma’, his performance became one of the first YouTube sensations.
Paul eventually won that series of Britain’s Got Talent, and now – seven years later – comes the big screen version of that meteoric journey from mobile phone salesman to world-famous opera star. The movie, which has already bowled over the crowds at the recent Toronto Film Festival, has drawn widespread acclaim for star James Corden, who headlines as the People's Tenor.
"It's the Rocky story," explains director David Frankel about why the Paul Potts story proved so irrestistible to him. "I think most people were not aware of the full extent of the adversity that Potts suffered, but it's also a love story. "It's a story of this guy who meets a woman online, a guy with no confidence, still living with his parents and working in a Carphone Warehouse, and he meets this woman who just believes in him."
Badly bullied at school, the young Potts found solace in his parents' opera records. A keen amateur tenor, he decided, on the toss of a coin, to audition for the first series of Britain's Got Talent, and the rest, as they say, is history.
And seven years on from his runaway success, Paul remains a reassuringly modest man. "It's just astonishing that someone wanted to make a film about me at all," he says.
Sounds like a right old heart warmer to us. What do you think? One Chance is released on 25 October.