Rocky road for ex-home star

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FOR the first time since he burst on to Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion in Home And Away, Lin­coln Lewis is in act­ing limbo. He has no work on the hori­zon and noth­ing in the can.

It’s a sober­ing mo­ment for the Queens­lan­der, who is back liv­ing with his mum and dad in Bris­bane.

‘‘It’s the first time in over six years that I don’t have any­thing in the pipe­line, ei­ther com­ing out or com­ing up,’’ says Lewis.

‘‘For me it’s just like any other ac­tor, it’s back to the draw­ing board.’’

It’s an un­ex­pected and, with luck, short-lived trough in Lewis’s ca­reer af­ter he was on the verge of some­thing big in the US.

The son of Queens­land NRL footy favourite Wall ‘‘The King’’ Lewis’s star was on the rise when he was cast in the Will Smith film Af­ter Earth and landed a lead role in the US TV pilot West­side for Warner Bros TV.

He learned the hard way. Most of his scenes in Af­ter Earth ended up on the cut­ting-room floor. Soon af­ter came the news that West­side would not go ahead.

‘‘I went to the pre­miere of Af­ter Earth in New York, where I found out ba­si­cally the whole start of it was cut from the film,’’ Lewis says.

‘‘It’s the na­ture of the beast and you can never be cer­tain un­til you see it on screen.’’

Lewis says if noth­ing comes up in the next few months, he will re­turn to the US in time for the start of TV pilot sea­son in Jan­uary.

Be­ing cast in West­side had given him a greater in­sight into just how tough is to land a role on a US TV se­ries.

‘‘Peo­ple are say­ing, en­joy the time off while I have it – but the other side of me is say­ing I am not work­ing and I need to be,’’ Lewis said.

‘‘With West­side I went through seven dif­fer­ent stages of au­di­tions, like call-back tests and meet­ing ex­ec­u­tives, and I now know how that side works.

‘‘I now have a bit more of an in­sight and I’ll be back next pilot sea­son and keep chip­ping away.’’

– DAR­REN CARTWRIGHT Won’t Back Down 8.30pm, Movie Pre­miere

M. 2012. Mums Mag­gie Gyl­len­haal and Vi­ola Davis fight a pow­er­ful bu­reau­cracy, risk­ing ev­ery­thing to make a dif­fer­ence in the ed­u­ca­tion and fu­ture of their chil­dren. Ripped-from-the-head­lines tale of par­ent­hood, friend­ship and courage.

Lin­coln Lewis

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