Leader of the pack
BURIED somewhere beneath a scruffy handlebar moustache and hardcore sideburns, Matthew Nable is certainly looking the part of the hairy ’ 70s bikie.
He hasn’t had the mullet hair extensions of Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms’ leading man Callan Mulvey or the body art of castmate Jeremy Lindsay- Taylor, but the transformation into Comancheros commander Jock Ross is convincing.
And once Nable slips into Ross’s Scottish brogue, the transformation is complete. He is one of the shining lights in this dramatic take on the infamous Milperra Massacre.
What was advertised as a bike swap meet in a tavern carpark turned deadly when tensions between rival clubs the Comancheros and Bandidos boiled over.
For Nable, taking on the role of Ross meant revisiting the conflict that put bikies on his radar as a kid.
‘‘ When Milperra happened, I was about 10 or 11 years old,’’ he says. ‘‘ It was the first time the conflict for me, and for many, was pushed into the public arena.’’
He leapt at the chance to play Ross, having read the book on which the series is based, Brothers In Arms.
Nable can’t condone the bloodshed at Milperra, but is adamant neither the Comancheros nor the Bandidos went to that swap meet expecting it to happen.
‘‘ It’s a conclusion I have come to the more I have researched,’’ Nable says.
‘‘ I think there were people who were hugely afraid of Jock and what he was capable of, but I think inevitably they were young guys, they were affected by alcohol, there was a lot of posturing going on, there was a lot of bravado and I think when it happened and someone let off a shot it just got out of control.
‘‘ And I don’t think you have to be a bikie or any type of outlaw in that situation or existence to act or react exactly as they did. It’s panic and it’s someone shooting at you – you have a gun, you shoot back.’’