EVERYONE has heard of The 40- Year- Old
Virgin, but actor David Field can go one better. His Wild Boys character, Captain Gunpowder, is a 50- year- old virgin. But it looks as if Gunpowder’s luck may be about to change now he’s wooing Hopetoun teacher Catherine Bell ( Caroline Brazier).
Q: You’re playing a 50- year- old virgin. What’s going on there? A:
I thought I should try to play the unplayable – especially for me.
Q: What do you make of Captain Gunpowder? A:
Here was a guy who’d come to Australia as an orphan kid and has had to survive. I think that is why he has ostracised himself from the world. Then he meets these young fellas Jack [ Daniel Macpherson], Dan [ Michael Dorman] and Conrad [ Alexander England] and he becomes like a father to them.
Q: How much power did you have to shape the Captain Gunpowder character? A:
The producers were coming from the angle that he wants to be famous, but I didn’t really see that in the script. He’s a taxidermist, he’s got the ability to build things, he’s taught himself to read, make explosives – so he’s poorly educated but he’s obviously very smart.
Q: Is he going to get lucky with the schoolteacher? A:
He’s completely obsessed with Catherine, but he’s got no social skills. He’s inept with her. That’s a nice dichotomy in the character.
Q: It must be a challenge getting that balance between humour and drama right. A:
With a new series you’re trying to find the right energy – the right note. I don’t think we really got those notes to click until the fourth or fifth episodes. I think that happens a lot with a new series. Sometimes we might have to rehearse a scene 15 or 20 times to get it [ the balance] right, but there are a lot of jokes on set.