A CYBER-BUSINESSMAN yesterday told how he helped recreate an ancient library for Angelina Jolie's latest Hollywood blockbuster.
Kevin Roxburgh, who runs Saltney-based Egyptian Dreams, near Chester, supplied 2 1/2 tonnes of papyrus for epic movie Alexander the Great.
Oliver Stone produced the film, which also stars Sir Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell.
The sandals and swords epic, just released in America, is expected to reach British screens in January.
Kevin, married to wife Sabine with three step-daughters, was asked by London's Pinewood film studios to produce authentic-looking Egyptian paper.
Kevin said: "It was unbelievable. The props manager working on the film had been trawling the world looking for someone who could supply, of all things, blank sheets of papyrus.
"It was the very first paper manufactured by mankind, made from reeds growing at the side of the River Nile." "He said he needed 200 sheets and could I send him some samples." "A couple of weeks went by and I thought nothing was going to happen. Then they telephoned with an order for 40,000 sheets. Because of my contacts, I managed to source a supplier who could still produce reed paper in this ancient way and meet their demand."
Kevin's Egyptian-made paper features in scenes set in the Great Library of Alexandria. It was founded by Alexander's general Ptolemy II who ruled Egypt in the third century BC.
The library was said to hold thousands of scrolls and was often frequented by Aristotle, but was destroyed by a fire during an attack on the city by Julius Caesar in 47 BC. The film tells the story of Alexander, the Macedonian king who conquered the then known world before his death aged just 33.
Kevin is looking forward to seeing the film.
The 36-year-old said: "I am just hoping to get an invite to the opening night. Perhaps they will need some more papyrus to put the invites on.
Kevin set up his Flintshire internet business, run from his home on Vyrnwy Road, in February last year.
The former IT specialist and website developer got fed up with his career and decided a new direction was needed, based on his passion for Egyptology.