WHEN ART IMITATES THE LIFE OF LACHY
Character actor Lachy Hulme may have successfully taken on many roles, real and imagined, but playing himself proved a nerve-racking experience.
Well, an exaggerated, somewhat egotistical and allround “a--- hole” version of himself, anyway.
“Shaun Micallef rang me one day and said he was doing this new show and wanted me to appear in an episode as myself,” Hulme explains of his cameo in The Ex-PM. “I thought I had better say yes, because who else would do me?”
The ABC comedy follows former prime minister Andrew Dugdale, played by Micallef, a man with plenty of time on his hands, and no interest in spending any of it doing what he should be — writing a memoir.
This week, a network wants to turn the work in progress into a telemovie and Hulme is floated as its possible star.
“I don’t want to over-egg the pudding, but in terms of show business, it’s an incredible compliment to be asked to take the p--- out of yourself,” Hulme laughs. “It’s me, but not really me — a parody of the typical a---hole actor. It was very, very fun to film. I loved it.”
The episode includes some diva moments, awkward encounters between actor and subject, and a few hilarious references to Offspring.
“In one scene, Nicki Wendt declares: ‘I basically am Nina!’ It was hilarious because if I’ve heard that line once, I’ve heard it a million times,” Hulme says.
“Fans always say they’re just like Nina Proudman.”
This unique opportunity came right in the middle of the actor’s year-long break from performing, which he imposed to deal with exhaustion.
“I was so burnt out and run ragged,” Hulme says. “I’d been through a very busy stretch and needed a break. But this was a fun interruption of that.”
But the holiday is well and truly over. “I’m back as Martin Clegg on Offspring, obviously, and then I’m off to Sydney to do a show with Rose Byrne at Sydney Theatre Company.”
THE EX-PM, ABC, WEDNESDAY, 9PM