Charlie’s bad habits still dog Handler
CALIFORNICATION star Evan Handler reckons Australians must be a lot more openminded than his US compatriots.
Handler, who plays agent-turnedpornographer Charlie Runkle in the controversial Channel 10 series, expresses amazement that we screen the show on free-to-air television.
‘‘Here (US), it’s on subscription TV,’’ he says. ‘‘It could never happen here (be broadcast on free-to-air).’’
When it’s explained that the series’ debut season last year did attract the ire of some religious and conservative groups, he says that is a drop in the ocean compared with how Americans would react if Californication was broadcast on a mainstream free-to-air channel. Californication, MA15+ Channel 10, Sunday, 10.40pm Life of a sex addict Duration: 35 minutes
‘‘It would be a minor kerfuffle compared with what it would cause here (in the US),’’ he says with a laugh.
‘‘I think it pushes the boundaries for pay-TV here. Our pay-TV doesn’t bust out into the public discourse.’’ Handler’s character fascinates him. ‘‘Charlie is interesting to me. Tom (Kapinos, series creator) has painted a guy who is apparently very successful and creative in his career,’’ Handler says.
But as Handler points out, Charlie’s world comes crashing down.
‘‘He (Charlie) and Hank (David Duchovny) get together more in this second season and commiserate about what’s going on,’’ he says.
When asked about the former X-Files star’s supposed treatment for sex addiction, Handler is frank and to the point.
‘‘I can say that thankfully I know nothing about David’s sexual appetite,’’ he says.
‘‘David never shared his personal life with me, so I’m blissfully ignorant.
‘‘Along the way, I sent him an email asking if he was OK and I got a reply back saying he was.’’
Handler, married to Italian-born chemist Elisa Atti, has made headlines for different reasons — his remarkable recovery from a supposedly incurable form of leukemia.
He wrote a solo theatre piece and book, Time on Fire, about the ordeal and recently released his second book, It’s Only Temporary: The Good News and Bad News of Being Alive.
Handler learnt last week that Californication had been signed for a third season.
A further 12 episodes will go into production next year for a late 2009 premiere.
‘‘Showtime (production company) has been generous enough to sign us up again,’’ he says.