Australia’s most wanted
Ryan Corr was worried he’d ruined his career when he filmed the first scene for Wanted, writes DEBBIE SCHIPP
“This feels so wrong, pistolwhipping Julie Rafter … I’m never going to work again after this.”
These words echoed through Ryan Corr’s head as he and Rebecca Gibney shot their first scene together for Wanted.
In the Seven drama, Corr plays criminal Chris, who kidnaps Gibney’s Lola and Geraldine Hakewill’s Chelsea after they unwittingly become involved in his heist gone wrong.
In doing so, he sets off a chain of events that sees the women become Australia’s most wanted – setting off on a Thelma and
Louise- style road trip. Corr hadn’t worked with Gibney since mega hit Packed to
the Rafters and admits he found the change in pace more than a little strange. “It’s a long way from playing her nephew from the wrong side of the tracks come good,” he laughs. “I’ll be the most hated man in Australia.”
But Corr is quick to point out he’s not the only one who’s changed since their Rafters days.
“Bec’s far removed from Julie Rafter on this,” he says.
“She’s one of the producers and creators of this series and I know it’s at the forefront of her mind to push the boundaries.”
Wanted is Gibney’s brainchild, conceived after a phone call with Seven’s head of drama Julie McGauren. After sharing the idea with her husband, production designer Richard Bell, the pair workshopped the idea before taking it to production house Matchbox Pictures. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Gibney counts herself lucky being able to land Corr for her crime- caper drama.
“He’s a massive star who is going to go around the world,” she says.
“He always had that instinct and that X- factor thing you can’t define. He walks on set and you want to watch him, you don’t want to take your eyes off him.”
While she was his boss on this series, Corr says he and Gibney still shared plenty of jokes on set.
“Spending 10 or 12 hours a day with each other, and especially when you are playing a family, you get to know each other,” he says.
Since wrapping on Wanted, Corr has continued to push himself creatively, currently starring in Sydney Theatre Company stage production Arcadia.
He’s also generating heat in the US thanks to his roles in fi lms such as Holding the Man and big- budget TV project Banished.
Having shot a small scene for the upcoming Mel Gibson-- directed fl ick Hacksaw Ridge, he’s also open to further expanding his horizons in Hollywood.
“LA is always calling,” he says. “As long as the work is what you want to do, it doesn’t really matter where it is.
“I have this idea that if I keep sticking to my guns and enjoying the material and projects I’m doing here, then that work will get seen overseas without having to go over and say, ‘ Pick me, pick me’.”
While he says it can be tough not knowing where that next job may come from, he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Part of being an actor is it’s a pretty transient and nomadic lifestyle,” he says. “It’s kind of hard not having a base sometimes, but I love it.”
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