Rodger’s in for a new Rush
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.’’