IN the first season of US cop show The Glades, Aussie actor Matt Passmore was creating his own stunts just to up the ante in the action department.
Against the writers’ and director’s wishes, he would do handbrake skids in the middle of driving scenes to add a bit more spark.
This season, however, the writers have done it for him.
‘‘ I get to have more fun this season,’’ says the actor, who plays Detective Jim Longworth.
‘‘ I get to run around a little bit more and play cops and robbers and have some good chase scenes and wave guns around and stuff like that.
‘‘ It still absolutely has the same voice as the first season, and even actionwise we don’t take it that seriously, but I get to have a bit more fun and the danger is a bit more immediate.’’
Passmore’s obsession with action doesn’t come from a desire to live out a boyhood fantasy or his previous life in the army, but from a far savvier place.
‘‘ I’d always want a little bit more [ action] because while Jim’s running, he can’t talk, and if he doesn’t talk as much, I don’t have to spend as much time at the end of each day learning lines,’’ he says with a laugh.
Passmore ( pictured) says upping the action has been ‘‘ a gift’’, not only because it means less lines to learn but also because he has been able to work with the real law enforcement teams in Florida, where the show is filmed.
The Fort Lauderdale Police Department and SWAT team have taken him out on weekends and trained him in hand- to- hand combat.
‘‘ We’d be doing hand- to- hand techniques on the Saturday and then on the Monday some guy is taking a swing at [ my character] Jim so I’m like, ‘ Oh, I’ll work this into it’,’’ says Passmore, who grew up in Brisbane.
‘‘ Next year I plan on doing a lot more, even before we start the show, so I can incorporate more stuff into the show.’’
Having the local police on side has been both a blessing and a surprise for Passmore.
‘‘ The number one thing that any cop will tell you is that all cop television is a load of crap, that’s not the way it is,’’ Passmore says.
‘‘ I expected them to just thumb their nose at me. But the law enforcement down there have literally taken us under their wing and they’re like, ‘ You’re our favourite show’.
‘‘ I had two Florida detectives say, ‘ You do what we wish we could do’.’’