Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - with Les Hill DAR­REN DEV­LYN

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

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