WELLINGTON, New Zealand —January 10, 2019— Mungau Dain, who earned the role in the Oscar-nominated film “Tanna” because his elders decided he was the best-looking guy in their traditional village on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, has died.
Dain died Saturday in the capital Port Vila, after contracting a leg infection that wasn’t quickly treated. He was in his mid-20s.
Martin Butler, who co-directed “Tanna,” says Dain wasn’t a natural actor but was very enthusiastic, learned quickly, and ended up giving a fabulous performance. The movie won a number of awards, including two at the Venice Film Festival.
Dain is survived by his wife Nancy and two children.
His village, Yakel, remains in a traditional two-week mourning period.