Lyon hits the ward running
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.’’
David Lyons is getting used to the frantic pace of life on ER.