Lyon hits the ward run­ning

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Guide -

AUSSIE David Lyons is learn­ing life can be tough in Hol­ly­wood. An ex­hausted Lyons is speak­ing in a break from shoot­ing a reg­u­lar role in iconic med­i­cal drama ER and he’s just com­pleted 17 hours in a fran­tic emer­gency ward, try­ing to make the fit­ting of a colostomy bag ap­pear con­vinc­ing.

It’s dirty work, but some­one has to do it.

And Lyons hopes he’s re­pay­ing the faith of the pro­duc­ers who have cast him as the show’s new ‘‘pot­stir­rer’’, Dr Si­mon Bren­ner.

‘‘It’s a very, very sharp learn­ing curve,’’ Lyons says of ER. ‘‘I don’t think there is any­one out there who hasn’t seen an episode so it’s been an in­cred­i­ble, daunt­ing task.

‘‘I have been shak­ing in my boots be­cause it’s such a mon­ster of a show. It moves at a pace I have never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore, so it’s been a mas­sive chal­lenge.

‘‘A show that’s been run­ning for that long clicks into a very fast gear very early in the morn­ing, and doesn’t let up on that pace un­til the mid-hours of the fol­low­ing morn­ing.

‘‘They know ex­actly what they’re do­ing. So be­ing the new kid on the block, it’s very dif­fi­cult com­ing in and, es­pe­cially given my char­ac­ter is meant to be in­cred­i­bly pro­fi­cient, al­most ar­ro­gant, it’s scary.’’

Clearly, the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Dra­matic Art-trained Lyon feels he has a lot to learn about his craft.

If you watch him closely enough in Sea Pa­trol, he says, you’ll see when he is truly un­com­fort­able.

‘‘You can see it when I have to get my shirt off,’’ Lyons says. ‘‘I smile when I’m ner­vous and you can see be­hind my eyes there is a glint of fear. I hate get­ting my shirt off, I do. When I do it is purely scripted.’’

Though the men in the cast of Sea Pa­trol do seem to get their tops off a lot, Lyons prefers view­ers to pay at­ten­tion to his act­ing skills rather than his torso.

‘‘As an ac­tor you want to be ap­pre­ci­ated not for the aes­thet­ics of a role but for cre­at­ing a real per­son,’’ he says. ‘‘You want your char­ac­ter to be ap­pre­ci­ated for what he says and does and the way he acts.

‘‘If you feel you’ve cre­ated a real per­son, you’ve done your job.’’

BSea Pa­trol, M Chan­nel 9, Mon­day, 8.30pm High-seas ad­ven­tures Du­ra­tion: 1 hour UT Lyons, who plays Josh ‘‘ET’’ Hol­l­i­day in the navy drama, says the only sim­i­lar­ity be­tween him­self and his char­ac­ter is the way they look.

‘‘We both look the same,’’ he says. ‘‘I think I’m prob­a­bly a lot drier than this char­ac­ter.

‘‘He’s con­sid­ered a Jack the lad, and I be­lieve he thinks he’s a lady’s man, but he’s of­ten foiled in his at­tempts to be that. This is more who I am, the stut­ter­ing.’’

But for a man who has been in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try for a short time, and gives the im­pres­sion he’s shy and hes­i­tant in the spot­light, Lyons has an im­pres­sive reper­toire of roles to his name.

‘‘I’m pretty new to the game (act­ing),’’ he says. ‘‘I got out of NIDA about three years ago. I have done two films and a lot of stage work since. Be­fore Sea Pa­trol I also had a part in Blue Heel­ers.’’

New role:

David Lyons is get­ting used to the fran­tic pace of life on ER.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.