Blue lan­guage shocks oldies

Rodger Corser found con­fronting, writes

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

RODGER Corser said one of the most con­fronting as­pects of be­ing cast in Pu­berty Blues was lis­ten­ing to the younger ac­tors read their lines dur­ing re­hearsals.

Corser (pic­tured right), a fa­ther-ofthree, said the adult cast was ‘‘cring­ing’’ when Ashleigh Cum­mings, Brenna Hard­ing and sev­eral other young ac­tors started say­ing their lines aloud dur­ing meet­ings be­cause of the con­tent.

‘‘It’s con­fronting sort of stuff and what they are talk­ing about . . . big mis­takes, em­bar­rassed, be­ing hu­mil­i­ated.

‘‘I think that’s what res­onates with my age and older be­cause of the orig­i­nal movie and the book and be­cause of their own pubescent times."

The Un­der­belly and Rush star says he’s no prude and had seen the movie, for a sec­ond time, only re­cently, but there was an un­com­fort­able feel­ing among the se­nior cast dur­ing script read­ings.

‘‘Even though we al­ways think we have grown up and de­sen­si­tised, we were sit­ting around for the read-through and we had all oldies up one end, my­self, Dan Wyl­lie, Susie Porter and Claudia Kar­van, and when we were hear­ing what was com­ing out of the younger ac­tors’ mouths we were all cring­ing,’’ Corser said.

Thirty-nine-year-old Corser plays phi­lan­der­ing fa­ther Ferris Hen­nessey in Chan­nel 10’s eight-part se­ries, al­though view­ers may not recog­nise him be­cause he grew his hair and sported a mous­tache for the se­ries.

Not that peo­ple recog­nise Corser. Al­though he played the cen­tral po­lice­man Steven Owen in the orig­i­nal in­stal­ment of Un­der­belly, he says it’s his co-stars Gy­ton Grant­ley (who played Carl Wil­liams), Les Hill (Ja­son Mo­ran) and Damian Wal­sheHowl­ing (An­drew ‘Benji’ Ve­ni­amin) who were stopped in the street.

‘‘It’s hard for those guys to go out,’’ Corser says. ‘‘I’d go out and have a beer or a bite to eat with them all and they’d get kind of hounded by peo­ple say­ing things like ‘Carl, Carl’.’’

But there’s a ma­jor up­side to play­ing a po­lice­man rather than a rob­ber on tele­vi­sion, he says.

‘‘It’s good be­cause I didn’t die and I got paid for 13 episodes, so that’s an ad­van­tage.’’

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