Sex­ual heal­ing

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DAR­REN DEV­LYN LAID, ABC1, Wed­nes­day, 9pm

DA­MON Her­ri­man is the quin­tes­sen­tial char­ac­ter ac­tor, im­mers­ing him­self so com­pletely in a role that you of­ten don’t re­alise he’s been there un­til the clos­ing cred­its.

Her­ri­man, who first made an im­pres­sion as a six- year- old in the Aussie drama The Sul­li­vans, has since made an im­pact in Love My Way and the ABC com­edy Laid. Lit­tle won­der he has now caught the eye of US cast­ing di­rec­tors.

Af­ter be­ing cast in the hor­ror flick House of Wax, he has been win­ning plau­dits for play­ing red­necks and char­ac­ters with a streak of evil.

‘‘ It’s funny be­cause I was of­ten cast as the nerdy guy with glasses,’’ he says of the early stages of his ca­reer.

His turn as a se­rial killer in Cold Case was enough to make you sleep with the light on.

He has also had roles in CSI and Break­ing Bad, the lat­ter fea­tur­ing him as a meth ad­dict with a mouth­ful of bro­ken, rot­ting teeth.

It’s a list of cred­its that has led to roles in Clint East­wood- di­rected J. Edgar and $ 200 mil­lion Johnny Depp movie The Lone Ranger.

‘‘ I’ve been trav­el­ling to Ari­zona and Mex­ico to play one of the smaller roles, one of the Cavendish gang,’’ a typ­i­cally unas­sum­ing Her­ri­man says. ‘‘ I’m a bad guy so there’s rid­ing horses and shoot­ing guns. It’s great fun. I can pull a gun out of a hol­ster and do a fancy twirl. It’s great be­ing part of such a mas­sive pro­duc­tion.’’

As much as he’s thrilled to be build­ing an im­pres­sive ca­reer in the US, Her­ri­man is equally ex­cited to be work­ing on Aus­tralian pro­duc­tions.

He jumped when friend, ac­tor- di­rec­tor Abe Forsyth, asked him to au­di­tion for Laid, a se­ries about a woman who suf­fers an ex­tra­or­di­nary curse – men she has slept with are sys­tem­at­i­cally dy­ing.

‘‘ It seemed a long shot that I would get the role be­cause orig­i­nally the char­ac­ter was meant to be obese,’’ Her­ri­man says. ‘‘ I uglied my­self up for the au­di­tion, which was much eas­ier than I would have liked, and they gave me the role.’’

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