JACOBSON’S MEAT AND GREET
WHEN Shaun Micallef needed a “big, smiley-faced butcher” for a scene in this week’s episode of The Ex-PM, Shane Jacobson was his first call. Given Jacobson has two hit films (The Dressmaker and Oddball) on screens, just wrapped shooting on Jack Irish, is a regular on Foxtel’s Open Slather and is cohost and executive producer on Man Space, you’d think this was a big ask. But Jacobson wouldn’t have dreamt of saying no to Micallef.
“He’s pretty much the best television comic going around, and if he can think of me being in a role then I’d love to do it,” Jacobson says.
Working with Micallef more than lived up to expectations. “He’s very professional, but he also gives you the room to do your own thing,” he says.
“I’d like to think he chooses his people quite carefully because he’s always surrounded by very good talent.” Jacobson should know. The 45-year-old has worked with some of the most talented people in Australian film and television, finding long-term collaborators in the process.
He cites filmmaker brother Clay as his favourite person to work with, but his Open Slather co-star Stephen Curry is a close second.
Despite having a US agent and pressure to move to further his career, Jacobson is in no rush to head Stateside.
With a young family (he and longterm partner Felicity Hunter have four children under 10) he’s loath to be away from home for long stints.
“My first job is to be a father to my kids and a partner to Felicity, and that’s my favourite job,” he says.
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