A large throng of female journalists were crestfallen at a press conference when they discovered Hollywood superstar Ewan McGregor was a mere few metres away but beyond their reach.
The Perth press conference was touted as 'a significant announcement in support of the arts' and the rumour soon spread the 41-year-old Scottish charmer would appear for the media.
Instead, two politicians and the producer of the new crime thriller being shot in Perth and starring McGregor, Son of a Gun, were trotted out.
Speaking at one of the sets, the now dilapidated Sunset Hospital in Nedlands, producer Tim White said McGregor, who had been in Perth for about five days, was trying to adjust to days of near-40C summer heat.
'You can imagine coming out of the northern hemisphere...,' Mr White said.
Shooting in Perth is scheduled for six weeks, followed by two weeks in the historic gold mining town of Kalgoorlie and finishing with a few days in Melbourne.
'So far the process has been running smoothly,' Mr White said.
'Things might change in a couple of weeks,' he then joked.
McGregor plays a criminal who has a complex relationship with his protege (Brenton Thwaites) and returns to the underworld for one last score.
The announcement by arts minister John Day was for a $2 million grant to ScreenWest over four years to foster filmmaking in the state.
Recent films shot in WA include Red Dog, Mad Bastards, Satellite Boy and the upcoming Drift, starring Sam Worthington.