Tana "Bom" Eamniyom has become a familiar face, having appeared in many music videos and a Channel 3 drama. But Bom is set to become a household name when he appears as Ad Carabao, aka Yuenyong Opakul, the bandleader, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter of the legendary rock band Carabao in Young 'Bao Carabao The Movie, which opens on Thursday.
The film tells the story of Ad and his band _ called Carabao _ from 1980 to the peak of the band's popularity in 1985, when the album Made in Thailand was released. With sales of five million, it remains the best selling album in Thailand. The band's popularity at the time can also be gauged by the fact they could draw audiences of 60,000 to their concerts.
Bom landed the role only two weeks before shooting began after first-choice singer Atiwara "Toon Bodyslam" Kongmalai withdrew due to scheduling problems and his own lack of confidence in his acting abilities. He was called in for audition by the production team partly because of his physical similarity to Ad, and also because of his ability to play guitar and sing.
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