Mi­ami vice

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - ANOOSKA TUCKER- EVANS The Glades, W chan­nel ( Aus­tar), Sun­day, 8.30pm

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’.’’

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