Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Scary Movie.

So there I was a few nights ago, at home, watching the movie, "The Bounty". Remember this one? I hadn't seen this since it came out in 1984, and I have to say it's aged remarkably well. If you discount the Vangelis score (still hot from his 1981 "Chariots of Fire" soundtrack), there's a certain timelessness to this movie. It stars Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins, and has a great supporting cast that includes cinematic royalty (Sir Lawrence Olivier), soon-to-be box office boy toys (Liam Neeson and Daniel Day-Lewis), and a one-hit wonder (Tevaite Vernette).

"Mat," I can hear you saying, "who in the hell is Tevaite Vernette?" Ms. Vernette, dear reader, plays Mauatua, Fletcher Christian/Mel Gibson's love interest. Tahitian born and bred (and, I learned recently, still residing), she nailed the part of a native...probably because she was/is a Tahitian native. That and the fact that she apparently doesn't mind getting naked in front of a camera. Director Dino de Laurentis' folks discovered her on location, and cast her in the part. The movie database imdb lists "The Bounty" as her sole credit of her cinematic career.

Now I will freely admit that when the movie came out I was attracted to this young Tahitian lass. But with benefit of hindsight I can say that it wasn't so much that I thought she was cute in as much the fact that, when the movie came out, I was in my early twenties. That meant my, um, interest was held by any female who cavorted around semi-clothed...on-screen or off.

24 years later - my gawd! twenty four years! - and I did find that when watching "The Bounty" I was again drawn to Tevaite Vernette. Watching her though I found that my interest wasn't at all carnal. Rather, in watching her on screen, I was left with a nagging feeling that I had seen her somewhere else. I was a good two-thirds into the movie when it finally dawned on me: "Ohmigawd, she looks just like Tiger Woods, but with breasts!"

While the internet boasts scores of photos of Tiger, there are precious few photos to be found of Tevaite Vernette...less than 15, actually. This photo to the left is the best image I was able to find of her.

Compare this photo to this one of Tiger:

Again, the photo of Ms. Vernette is of poor quality, but I think you will see what I mean. They're awfully similar looking people.


If you happen to have photos of Tevaite Vernette (I also learned from the internet that she was featured in Playboy back around the release of "The Bounty"), send them my way. I'll add them to this post. Baring that, check out "The Bounty" next time it's on TV...and check out Tevaite. And then tell me that she doesn't look like Tiger Woods after a Renée Richards-like procedure.

It's creepy how much she looks like Tiger. Makes me wonder how her short game is?

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18 comments:

nursemyra said...

uncanny resemblance :-)

(was that a freudian slip or did you mean "barring that")

either way it works.....

mrviognier said...

Ooooh! My slip IS showing!

Jack said...

checking in as requested

Anonymous said...

The resemblance is actually amazing...considering they are not the same gender and not the same ethnicity. Were they twins separated at birth?

Anonymous said...

I just watched the movie on NetFlix and wondered about the girl you mentioned.

OMG what you said is funny!

TXGTR said...

Tevaite Vernette is a beautiful woman. It's a pity she didn't make more films.

Does anyone know what she is doing now?

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Anonymous said...

She is so stunning cant deside wether I like her or Tarita Marlon Brandos wife from Mutiny better? both native babes

Anonymous said...

Hi from munich,

tevaite looks pretty and sweet.
I found some pictures....

www.asktiava.com search for: Tevaite Vernette, but take care if your wife is watchig !

Now she must be in the age of 40-45

Greets Walter

Anonymous said...

She is an extraordinarily hot piece of arse. I can make no jump to Tiger Woods. The mere mention of his name associated with this deliciously hot female creature makes me gag. I would crawl through shards of broken glass to have a go at her.

Anonymous said...

that girl is beautiful and i have never seen her anywhere but the movie bounty...did she ever act or stay in show business?this is dec 24 2011 how old is she these days?i sure would love to see what she looks like currently...but there is no resemblence at all with tiger woods..in fact he is the last thing i think when i see her.

rfb3 said...

http://www.facebook.com/tevaite.vernette

Is this her???

Williz Pagan said...

About two years ago while in Costa Rica,I met a young lady at a kiosk in a small village called manuel Antonio.this little beauty caught my eye on my last day there.it wasn't until I saw the bounty again that I realised thats why she looked so familiar.not that it was tevaite but a very much the same looking without tiger woods in mind.I did take her photo and got her email.but it turned out to be a failed e mail address.since I haven't been back there,I guess I'll never know if she was just duping me.

Anonymous said...

Just watched "The Bounty", and looked up Tevaite Vernette, so landed here.

I see nothing of Tiger Woods in that beautiful face. And that appears to be her correct Facebook, though she now lives in Ontario. (Her Friends list shows lots of people who still live in Tahiti.)

Like so many young women, she had her few moments of loveliness, and they were glorious.

Anonymous said...

Shed've been about 20 in this movie, 30 years ago. So was I. We'd be the same age. If the nukes starting flying over the continent from the russkies and Obama allows in the Mahdi anti-christ to rule America I'm going to get in my little boat and head it straight for Tahiti, find her, and profess my undying love.