IN­SIDE: Seven days of TV view­ing

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Front Page - DEB­BIE SCHIPP Wild Boys, South­ern Cross, tonight, 7.30pm

IT’S a role any true-blue Aussie bloke wants the chance to star in – a boys’-own ad­ven­ture.

You camp out. Learn to sling a pis­tol, ride a horse and throw a punch. You grow a beard, blow stuff up with your mates, laugh it up in the pub, sneak around a bit at night, lead a cou­ple of merry chases. And you get the gor­geous girl. When it all gets a bit se­ri­ous on the wrong side of the law, you dis­ap­pear like a cloud of smoke and live by your wits.

All you need to do is blur the lines be­tween right and wrong, take the oc­ca­sional bul­let and have the cheek­i­ness to brazen it out.

You’re a bad boy but a charm­ing one. Blokes like you. Women love you.

If you can also man­age to con­vince your­self, and those around you, that one day you’d like to go straight, all the bet­ter.

‘‘ What’s not to like?’’ Daniel MacPher­son ( pic­tured) says of his role as knock­about bushranger Jack Keenan on Seven’s un­apolo­get­i­cally Aus­tralian bushranger drama Wild Boys.

In this rol­lick­ing ad­ven­ture se­ries Jack and his gang pull off their crimes around the small town of Hopetoun, but things heat up when a law en­forcer ar­rives, Fran­cis Fuller ( Jeremy Sims), and sud­denly the stakes are deadly.

Com­pli­cat­ing things for Keenan is that life on the run can’t mean run­ning too far from Hopetoun since he’s em­broiled in a steamy ro­mance with lo­cal pub­li­can and brothel owner Mary Bar­rett ( Zoe Ven­toura).

MacPher­son and Ven­toura might be play­ing pos­sum on their ro­mance off-set, but on-set the chem­istry be­tween the pair is ob­vi­ous.

And for MacPher­son, the steamy love scenes are a nice foil to the highly phys­i­cal ef­forts needed to pull off life as a bushranger.

MacPher­son is no stranger to push­ing his body to the limit ( in his spare time he does triathlons and has com­pleted an Hawai­ian Iron Man chal­lenge), but laugh­ingly ad­mits he dis­cov­ered mus­cles he never knew he had dur­ing six months shoot­ing the show.

‘‘ We started out with a cou­ple of weeks learn­ing to ride and look like we ac­tu­ally be­longed on a horse learn­ing to load and sling a gun and box­ing,’’ MacPher­son laughs.

‘‘ I went to physio after a few weeks, I couldn’t walk. I was learn­ing to ride a horse, try­ing to train for a triathlon and I learnt pretty much after the first week of shoot­ing that I’d bet­ter get used to be­ing pretty sore and pretty beat up and pretty cut up pretty quickly.’’

But the adrenalin rush more than can­celled out the knocks.

‘‘ I learnt to drive and gal­lop a coach with four horses, you see that in the first episode and that was awe­some,’’ he says.

How­ever, life as an out­law starts to lose ap­peal for Jack as Supt Fuller rolls into town.

‘‘ He thinks he could set­tle down. But for any­one that looks at him, in­clud­ing Mary and Dan ( played by Michael Dor­man), they don’t see it in him,’’ MacPher­son says.

‘‘ He’s try­ing to con­vince him­self and ev­ery­one else that he can do it, but he’s kind of ly­ing through his teeth.

‘‘ As Dan says to him: ‘ What would you do? Would you farm? Would you prospect? Would you open a shop? You’d shoot the third cus­tomer that comes in’.

‘‘ It’s a great line and pretty much sums Jack up . . . he’s self­ish, hot-headed, im­pul­sive, pig-headed and love­able. I love play­ing that.’’

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