That’s a killer mul­let, brother

An­thony Lapaglia reck­ons Jonathan is a hair-rais­ing vil­lain, writes

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MONDAY EXTRA -

THE mo­ment With­out A Trace star An­thony LaPaglia saw his brother, Jonathan, in the lat­est Un­der­belly se­ries he sent a text con­grat­u­lat­ing him for more than his act­ing.

An­thony LaPaglia says he was proud of his younger brother’s por­trayal of An­thony ‘‘Bad­ness’’ Per­ish in Un­der­belly: Bad­ness, but it was the hairdo that won him over.

‘‘It was great and he’s fan­tas­tic in it. I am re­ally proud of him,’’ An­thony says.

‘‘I loved the first episode and I sent him a text and said I was around when the mul­let first came out and you have in­tro­duced it in a whole new way.

‘‘That’s the best mul­let I have ever seen.

‘‘His work was bril­liant, the whole cast is good . . . the pro­duc­tion, the act­ing and the qual­ity of it, is right up there.’’

Jonathan au­di­tioned for a po­lice­man in the lat­est Un­der­belly se­ries but was of­fered the lead vil­lain role.

The only is­sue fac­ing Jonathan, 42, was how to be true to the char­ac­ter since it’s a pro­duc­tion based on real-life events, and the ac­tor had very lit­tle to work with when re­search­ing Per­ish.

There is no film of the crim­i­nal and Jonathan hasn’t been able to com­mu­ni­cate with any of Per­ish’s as­so­ci­ates, fam­ily or friends.

‘‘It’s been tough at times try­ing to work out who this char­ac­ter is,’’ Jonathan says.

‘‘There’s no in­for­ma­tion on who he is and there’s no video and no au­dio.

‘‘I haven’t been able to meet with his friends or fam­ily or his le­gal coun­sel, so I re­ally know noth­ing about this guy apart from the ba­sic events he was in­volved in.

‘‘I’ve had to try and ex­trap­o­late from that and re­ally fill in the gaps.’’

Jonathan says he is not the only one who has had to im­pro­vise for their char­ac­ter.

One of the com­plex­i­ties fac­ing the whole cast, he says, was work­ing out how to prop­erly rep­re­sent their char­ac­ters and the sto­ry­line when very lit­tle in­for­ma­tion ex­isted about all of their per­son­al­ity traits.

‘‘It’s bad from a point of view that I have to make ev­ery­thing up, but for ev­ery­one in­volved we only have lim­ited in­for­ma­tion,’’ Jonathan says.

‘‘It’s re­ally a drama­ti­sa­tion of what went on, even though it’s based on real events. The de­tails are not as ex­ten­sive as we all would have hoped for.’’ Mon­days, 8.30pm, Nine, NBN.

Jonathan LaPaglia

An­thony LaPaglia

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