first_imgFrom left: Mary Galloway, Theodore Pellerin, Jessie Buckley, Vinnie Bennett, Ellen Wong, Mamoudou Athie and Lina El Arabi participated in TIFF’s Rising Stars program for 2017. (RICH POLK / GETTY IMAGES FOR IMDB) Twitter When Vinnie Bennett first walked into a gifting lounge at the Toronto International Film Festival, he was handed complimentary bags of M&Ms. Sure, he could have bought the candy for a few bucks at a local drugstore. But frankly, he was just happy to be given anything for free.After all, as one of the seven actors selected to participate in TIFF’s Rising Stars program, he’d already been gifted an IWC watch worth roughly $3,000 (U.S.). M&Ms were just a bonus at this point.But then he spotted a tattoo artist setting up an inking station. “You want a tattoo?” asked Mr. Koo, who has his own local shop. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The tattoo artist “was, like, ‘Yeah, sure, man. But I don’t know, it’s a gifting lounge,’ ” Bennett recalled. “ ‘I’ve drawn up some ideas for today and, if you like any, I’d be keen to do one of those.’ ”Bennett settled on a design depicting a bear riding a unicycle because he thought it looked “hilarious.” The entire thing, which he got on his upper ankle, took 20 minutes.READ MORE “Yeah, sure thing,” the 25-year-old New Zealander replied sarcastically.But Koo was serious. Bennett already had ink all over his arms, so he wasn’t opposed to the idea, but he wasn’t sure what tattoo to get. He tried to think of something sentimental, like his mother’s name: “something deep.” Koo steered him in another direction. Login/Register With:last_img

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