Aus­tralia’s most wanted

Ryan Corr was wor­ried he’d ru­ined his ca­reer when he filmed the first scene for Wanted, writes DEB­BIE SCHIPP

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“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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