It helps that the part doesn't require him to speak much. Playing a soldier stationed in the Spratlys, a group of disputed islands in the South China Sea several nations lay claim to with some even flexing their military might, Ananda Everingham, in the new Filipino film Kalayaan, only has to speak three sentences in Tagalog.
Ananda Everingham, right, in a Filipino film Kalayaan .
For the Australian-Lao actor and one of the best-known faces on his Thai turf, it's an opportunity he welcomed with laughter and relish.
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