Matt takes the lead
Family man Matt Nable is thrilled with his role
THE chance to spend three months at home with his family was the incentive Matt Nable needed to accept a role in the next Underbelly – even though he rejected a spot in a previous series.
Nable is not long back from shooting a Hollywood feature film in Montreal where the rugged actor stars opposite Vin Diesel in The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking.
Nable says knocking back the first Underbelly worked out in his favour because he now had a lead role opposite Jonathan LaPaglia in the fifth instalment.
‘‘Being in one of the earlier Underbellys forbids you to do any others, so in hindsight I am really happy to be doing this one,’’ Nable says.
‘‘This is going to enable me to be at home with my wife and children for the next three months, which was a big selling point.’’
Nable was sounded out for the role by Screentime Productions after playing the lead character Jock Ross in its production of Bikie Wars: Brothers In Arms on Channel 10.
He heads overseas later this year but not before completing Underbelly: Badness, which is set between 2001-11 and focuses on a Sydney identity being hunted by police. He will also work on an Australian feature film about the 2004 Redfern riots in Sydney.
Nable hopes the Vin Diesel flick, due out next year, will help launch his Hollywood career.
He chased a minor support role in The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking, but was later asked to audition for the lead role of Boss Johns because of his ‘‘look’’.
‘‘I was about to start Bikie Wars and I got a call from my agent in LA saying Vin Diesel and (director/writer) David Twohy had seen the audition,’’ Nable says.
‘‘It (getting the part) had as much to do with the look as they were very specific about what they wanted.’’
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