Blue language shocks oldies
Rodger Corser found confronting, writes
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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