Bid to hijack Logies
Jordan Raskopoulos launches an internet campaign to win a Logie, writes
NDUSTRY bible TV Week says it will monitor voting for the Logie Awards to ensure they’re not unduly influenced.
It comes after Jordan Raskopoulos, who had a supporting role in Underground: The Julian Assange Story, slammed the awards in an online forum and asked the internet to help him win the Most Popular Actor award.
Raskopoulos played Julian Assange’s hacker buddy Trax and appeared in the 2008 series Stupid Stupid Man.
The actor vowed to reward those who voted for him by letting them write lines of his acceptance speech.
‘‘The Logie awards are Australia’s equivalent of the Emmys. They’re our annual television awards, they’re utterly terrible and, unlike the Emmys, the big awards are decided by public vote . . . They’re usually won by soap opera actors, many a Neighbours starlet has claimed a Logie,’’ he writes. ‘‘Please don’t misread this thread as a plea to the internet to vote for me for my own gain. This is an opportunity to get a man from the internet onto live television to mock an Australian institution (and potentially ruin my career).’’
A spokeswoman says Ten in no way endorses Jordan’s campaign or comments. The network was in full support of the TV Week Logies Awards, she says.
In the forum Raskopoulos included a draft . . . and snapped with Williams and Callan McAulliffe. of his speech, where he quoted from Lord of the Rings and Monty Python, and also promised to ‘‘lick Richard Wilkins’’ if the opportunity arises.
The editor of TV Week says the magazine ‘‘goes to great lengths to ensure the credibility of both the public and industry voted awards’’ and will ensure all votes are scrutinised to ensure each is legitimate.
‘‘Our voters are passionate about Australian TV and you only have to look at previous winners of popular awards, like Simon Baker, Asher Keddie, Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Marais, to know they get it pretty spot on,’’ says Emma Nolan.
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Jordan Raskopoulos (right) with his and Lee Naimo . . .
castmates Benny Davis