That’s a killer mullet, brother
Anthony Lapaglia reckons Jonathan is a hair-raising villain, writes
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.