Rodger’s in for a new Rush

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DAVID POUGHER Rush, TDT, Thurs­day, 9.30pm

THERE’S a new look and some high-stakes sto­ry­lines, but Rush’s Rodger Corser says sea­son four of the pop­u­lar po­lice show hasn’t de­parted from the high­oc­tane action that made it so pop­u­lar.

Last week’s ex­plo­sive se­ries opener saw a po­lice min­is­ter as­sas­si­nated, a new task force estab­lished and some new blood ush­ered in, much to the cha­grin of Corser’s char­ac­ter, Sen-Sgt Law­son Blake.

Blake was pre­dictably an­gry that the new man, Charlie Lewis ( played by Antony Starr), was brought in over him.

The new di­rec­tion cre­ates ten­sion for the team out on the streets and in the of­fice.

But Corser ( pic­tured) him­self couldn’t be hap­pier about the shake-up. ‘‘ With this se­ries they’ve changed it a bit,’’ Corser says.

‘‘ They’ve linked us with a task force that gives us the free­dom to have high-stakes sto­ry­lines, be­cause driv­ing around in the cars and re­spond­ing to lo­cal things, there’s only so much that can hap­pen and I think we’ve done that.

‘‘ We still do it to a cer­tain ex­tent but there’s a big­ger plot go­ing on – we’re used as the mus­cle but we’re kept in the dark about why we’re do­ing some of the things and about who’s pulling the strings.

‘‘ Last year, although there were things that had se­rial el­e­ments, it was still an episodic show.

‘‘ But this year we’ve pretty much jumped into the se­rial mode – a minis­eries you could al­most call it.’’

That Rush re­mains as phys­i­cal as ever sits com­fort­ably with Corser, although he ad­mits some­times he feels the pace.

‘‘ It’s quite a phys­i­cal show but we’re not elite ath­letes,’’ he says.

‘‘ You go from zero to sprint­ing, and I mean sprint, and that’s why ath­letes, all peo­ple who play sport, warm up.

‘‘ There you are seven in the morn­ing and the sun’s only just come up and it’s cold and they say ’ go’ and you go into a full sprint and you’ve got to do it five times in a row. You cer­tainly feel it.

‘‘ I’ve never pinged a hammy but I can think of some­one else who has. Let’s just say that some­one else is off run­ning duty at the mo­ment.

‘‘ Yeah, the new boy [ Starr], he comes over here and he’s got some sort of achilles prob­lem.

‘‘ And Ni­cole da Silva [ who plays Stella Dagostino] hurt her­self last year when she got taken out by a stunt­man.’’

De­spite the in­juries, Corser says the cast is keen to do as much of the high-oc­tane stuff as insurance com­pa­nies al­low.

‘‘ The stunt work and the hang­ing off the ropes, we want to do as much as pos­si­ble un­til the insurance com­pa­nies come in and say ’ you can’t do that’,’’ he says.

‘‘ But we’ve got great stunt and safety peo­ple on this show, re­ally ex­pe­ri­enced guys, and they know we want to do what can, but then they’ll say, ’ that’s enough’.

‘‘ The fact is, if a stunty breaks his leg they can get an­other one and put a wig on him, but if we break a leg it’s dif­fer­ent.’’

Corser is ever on the look­out for a big­ger share of the action.

‘‘ In my role you don’t have to do as much be­cause I’m the guy telling the oth­ers to go in,’’ he says.

‘‘ I’m al­ways scream­ing out to do more be­cause I never get to drive. I’m al­ways in the pas­sen­ger seat with the lap­top giv­ing di­rec­tions. I want to be in the driver’s seat.

‘‘ Any time I go a bit rogue and get in a car, I can’t wait to do it, so I can do my own hand­brake turns.’’

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