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Boys. Q. nasty You What’s as look copper like it like you’re Francis channelling having Fuller? a ball your on inner Wild A. man I don’t who have has a an slightly ‘‘ inner skewed nasty cop’’, sense I of play justice a nice and fair play, and, yes, it is fun to play him, because he’s fighting so damn hard to bring peace and justice to this lawless town. He also has a few personal demons. Q. You ride horses, woo Anna Hutchison and shoot guns. Is this your dream job? A. Well, my dream job would have all those things, plus a pair of jodhpurs and a loud hailer, and probably an extra two or three zeros at the end of the pay packet. Oh, and it would bring peace, understanding and happiness to all of humanity. But this is definitely a start. Q. You recently directed feature film Beneath
Hill 60. Any other projects on the horizon?
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Darwin in the second half of next year. Q. You’re still remembered for baring all as the
mischievous Alex on Chances. What are your memories of that show?
A. Well, it would have been a far more cuttingedge affair if I had bared all. Sadly, in that time slot, we were only allowed bums and boobs. My memories are hazy, but there is a certain demographic who will never allow me to forget it. It was a pretty wacky way to get started in the industry. Probably the best part was that I got to live in Melbourne, which I loved. Q. True or false. You based your performance in Underbelly: The Man Who Got Away, on
MasterChef’s Matt Preston.
A. True. Bearded, but true. Q. You’re the father of two young girls. How has fatherhood changed you? A. I’m actually the father of three young girls, and right now I am cooking and organising a birthday party for the seven-year-old, while my three-year-old is annoyed I am writing these answers and not playing with her – she wants me to become a one-eyed ogre or she’s going to lose it. I’m pretty changed, but other people are better at articulating exactly how. Q. I hear you reckon Bob Dylan is the ultimate wild boy. Please explain. A. Bob is my Buddha. He has always been the purest and clearest articulation of what an artist should be – enigmatic, possessed, brilliant, unfathomable, ironic, profound, prolific, popular and always slightly ahead of the rest of us. He is part Plato and part shaman, and he wears a nice black hat like Francis Fuller, too. CREATING a television or film adaptation of a book is always a risky business.
While those who have never read the novel before may approve, fans of the manuscript are normally always disappointed.
So when Alex Dimitriades ( pictured) took on the adaptation of the best-selling Christos Tsiolkas novel The Slap, he knew he was in for a challenge.
The eight-part drama follows a family and their friends whose lives are ripped apart after one of them slaps another’s one’s child, resulting in legal action.
‘‘ One always hopes that they do the novel justice,’’ Dimitriades says, who plays Harry – the man who slaps the child.
‘‘ I think generally Christos’s writing style lends itself to adaptation quite well; reading the book, it’s not far off reading the actual script.
‘‘ They’ve put together a really good team behind the camera and in front of it as well. It’s been cast magnificently and everyone’s done a really great job.’’ So will it win over fans of the book? ‘‘ I bloody well hope so,’’ says the actor, best known for his role in The Heartbreak Kid. ‘‘ I might be biased . . . and it could be complete crap. Who knows? But I genuinely think that we’ve done a good job there and I’m certainly keen to see more of it.’’ While there was an element of pressure on set, the actor says there was also an intense excitement among the cast. It includes Melissa George ( In Treatment ), Jonathan LaPaglia ( Cold Case) and Tasmanian Essie Davis ( The Matrix Reloaded ).
‘‘ People were just dying to get on this thing,’’ Dimitriades says.
‘‘ There were actors who couldn’t even get in the door and it was like, ‘ Wow, it’s a real privilege to be in that company’. We all knew we were embarking on something special.
‘‘ In the initial read-through there was very much a buzz in the room. We felt a little bit blessed I think.’’
With the series examining the controversial topic of whether it’s acceptable to discipline another person’s child, Dimitriades says the show is sure to create plenty of public debate.
He isn’t prepared to weigh in on the debate, describing his opinion as ‘‘ personal’’, but hopes the show will encourage others to share their thoughts on the subject.
‘‘ I think that’s the power of the series, that it does reflect upon us to think about our own actions and other people’s actions and how would you be in a situation and what would you do, and is it their fault really,’’ he says.
‘‘ I think there will be three parties . . . the positives, the negatives and the neutrals – to what degree and what capacity I’m not sure.
‘‘ I think it’s a topic which requires a lot of discussion . . . and that’s what good art should do, it should initiate discussion because essentially the message of this story is that people need to communicate and understand each other.’’