Stel­lar BRYAN BROWN ``i still find it ex­cit­ing to play an aus­tralian´´

Ac­tor Q &A

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Carrie Bickmore - In­ter­view by HAN­NAH JAMES on De­cem­ber 26.

Your wife, Rachel Ward (pic­tured with Bryan), who has di­rected you in two films, once de­scribed you as “a pain in the arse” to work with. Are you? Yeah, prob­a­bly, be­cause I ask a lot of ques­tions and she’s like, “Can you just get on and do it?” No, be­cause I want to know why! To her, I was tak­ing her fun away. She’s the boss, she’s the one mak­ing the movie, so I should shut up and just do it. But I was go­ing to give her the same prob­lems I give ev­ery di­rec­tor. I’m not tricky, I just need an­swers. In your new film, Red Dog: True Blue, your character says, “I’m a stub­born man on a hard land.” You often seem to be cast as this quin­tes­sen­tial Aussie male. Why do you think that is? There are plenty of types of men. I think peo­ple in the out­back have to grin and bear it, hang in there and be stub­born. They’re game bug­gers. That stub­born char­ac­ter­is­tic does de­fine us in a myth­i­cal way. In the main, Aus­tralian men are emo­tional, but they don’t show it – I like play­ing those char­ac­ters as there’s a lot go­ing on. Your daughter, Matilda, writes, acts and di­rects. How was it work­ing with her on her TV show Let’s Talk About? We get on much bet­ter work­ing to­gether than we do be­ing fa­ther and daughter be­cause, as fa­ther and daughter, she snaps at me, but when I’m ac­tor and pro­ducer and she’s writer and di­rec­tor, she’s re­ally nice to me. I do en­joy my creative re­la­tion­ship with her enor­mously. I’m blown away by how clever she is – and she writes me very good parts! You’ve worked in the Aus­tralian film in­dus­try for al­most 40 years. What are your high­lights? In the ’70s, it was such a buzz to be part of that Aus­tralian film resur­gence, when sud­denly you had Aus­tralian ac­tors on screen. We were rolling into dif­fer­ent coun­try towns to make movies. It was like see­ing gun­slingers walk­ing in – it was pretty buzzy, let me tell you. And we made movies ev­ery­one took note of. Now I think ac­tors are used to the idea that we make tele­vi­sion and films, but back then it was pretty spec­tac­u­lar to be able to film as an Aussie. You didn’t have to put on an Amer­i­can or Bri­tish ac­cent. I still find it ex­cit­ing to stand in front of a cam­era to play an Aus­tralian. Some­body once wrote, “Life has only three con­stants: death, taxes and Bryan Brown.” How does it feel to be a na­tional trea­sure? That’s a hell of a com­pli­ment. I wouldn’t think I’m a na­tional trea­sure – I think I’m an old rock, still around be­cause they haven’t kicked me off the planet yet. Is there any­thing you still want to achieve in your ca­reer? I’ve never sought a ca­reer. I’ve sought a life and I be­came an ac­tor to have that life. So I’ve never re­ally had a goal. I wanted to be an ac­tor and I be­came one – and it’s taken me to ev­ery cor­ner of the earth and al­lowed me to tell sto­ries, which is the best fun in the world. Red Dog: True Blue is in cin­e­mas

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