Matt takes the lead

Fam­ily man Matt Nable is thrilled with his role

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY TV -

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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