RESCUE: SPECIAL OPS
LES Hill burst on to the acting scene in
Home And Away’s seaside town of Summer Bay in 1990. But his true arrival as an actor came with his riveting portrayal of Jason
Moran in hit underworld drama Underbelly. That led to the 37-year-old’s lead role in the
action series Rescue: Special Ops.
Q: What lured you back for series three of
Rescue: Special Ops and do you think there
will be a fourth?
A: I was always in to do series three. I didn’t feel the show was at its end point after series two. And that’s the same instinct that will bring me back for series four should it go ahead. Q: Tell us about Todd Lasance, who comes in as your character Dean’s rival. A: Todd was great to work with. We’d met before on a photo shoot but this was the first time we’d worked together. He’s an exceptional individual and a real professional. Q: Craig McLachlan has a reputation for not taking himself, or life, too seriously. How has he fitted in? A: I’ve known Craig for about 20 years. It was a heap of fun to hang out with him again. He has a contagious energy. He’s a talented and naturally gifted man. Q: You like to do as much stunt work as possible on the show. Has series three offered you the chance to do much? A: I have a standing bet with the stunt team. If they can get a stunt approved for me to do and I refuse out of fear, I will buy them a case of beer. Three seasons in and no beer has changed hands, though they came close once or twice this season. Q: You pinched a nerve in your back while filming. What effect did that have? A: It was debilitating. My range of movement was almost zero without enormous pain. You can’t really have a static rescue character. They reshuffled the schedule and shot some other stuff so we made it work. Q: You have spoken about basing yourself in Los Angeles for a while. Does that still figure in your plans?
A: It is definitely on the cards. I have been committed to Rescue and a couple of other projects that I’m working on, but LA is the pinnacle of our game. It’s not a bad thing that I haven’t been able to get to LA because I’ve been too busy but, in saying that, I’ve secured representation and work visas. The last hoop to jump through is getting the time to go.
Rescue: Special Ops, WIN, Monday, 8.30pm