Reunited for Re­venge

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Eguide Television - COLIN VICKERY RE­VENGE SOUTH­ERN CROSS, Mon­day, 8.30pm

HENRY Cz­erny owes a lot to Aussie direc­tor Phillip Noyce.

It was Noyce who gave Cz­erny his first big Hol­ly­wood break, ac­tion block­buster Clear and Present Dan­ger op­po­site Har­ri­son Ford.

Now Cz­erny has reunited with Noyce for Re­venge.

It is the Cana­dian ac­tor’s first ma­jor TV se­ries. Noyce is a pro­ducer and directed the pi­lot.

Af­ter Dan­ger, Cz­erny starred op­po­site Tom Cruise in Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble and along­side Liam Nee­son in The A- Team.

Cz­erny has had to dump the testos­terone for Re­venge. Most of his scenes are with Emily VanCamp and Madeleine Stowe. And what juicy scenes they are. Cz­erny plays wealthy Hamp­tons pa­tri­arch Con­rad Grayson. Stowe is his glam­orous but schem­ing wife Vic­to­ria.

VanCamp’s Amanda Clarke, us­ing the name of Emily Thorne, has been wreak­ing vengeance on the Graysons for their part in the wrong­ful con­vic­tion of her fa­ther David for ter­ror­ism.

Con­rad was Amanda’s first tar­get, drugged to ex­pose his af­fair with Vic­to­ria’s best friend Ly­dia Davis, and the house of cards has been un­rav­el­ling since.

‘‘ This is a strug­gle be­tween some­one who wants to take a fam­ily down [ Amanda] and a fam­ily who has done ev­ery­thing to stay on top [ the Graysons].’’

The scenes be­tween Con­rad and Vic­to­ria as they try to carve up the spoils of sep­a­ra­tion have been won­der­fully catty.

Cz­erny says that watch­ing VanCamp and Stowe go ham­mer and tongs as Amanda be­comes ro­man­ti­cally in­volved with Grayson’s son Daniel ( VanCamp’s real- life flame Josh Bow­man) has been price­less.

‘‘ Th­ese are beau­ti­ful, in­tel­li­gent women try­ing to one- up each other,’’ he says. ‘‘ Emily has a sweet­ness but a savvy in her.’’

Cz­erny says his big­gest chal­lenge hasn’t been go­ing from the male world of ac­tion films to fe­male- driven Re­venge.

In­stead, it has been sim­ply adapt­ing to the pace of TV.

‘‘ I call Phillip ‘ the benev­o­lent steam­roller’,’’ Cz­erny laughs.

‘‘ He likes to put all the big screen [ movie] de­tail into a tele­vi­sion sched­ule which is close to im­pos­si­ble.

‘‘ He wanted to make sure that the char­ac­ters we were start­ing off with had the lay­ers that we could peel off as the se­ries de­vel­oped.

‘‘ He knew he had to de­liver and that the ac­tors had to bring their best game.’’

FIRST TAR­GET: Henry Cz­erny as Con­rad Grayson in Re­venge.

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