The wonderful wizard of Oz
VETERAN Aussie actor John Noble (pictured) thanks the Lord of the Rings trilogy for opening the door to a string of ‘‘fantasy’’ roles.
Noble, who is well into his 60s, played Denethor in two of the Lord of the Rings films, which he says led to work in two TV series in the US.
One of his Hollywood stints was a five-season part on the sci-fi drama Fringe, and now he pops up Network Ten’s imported US supernatural series Sleepy Hollow.
‘‘I think I am just this old wizardly fellow that does fantasy and science fiction, that’s my lot in life now,’’ Noble jokes.
‘‘I did just get to play an archbishop in a mini-series, so I guess that’s fantasy as well. Seriously, though, you go with the flow as you can’t predict what is going to happen and, especially since Lord of the Rings, the flow has been very kind to me.’’
In Sleepy Hollow, Noble plays Henry Parrish, a kind and reclusive man who possesses supernatural powers that have the potential to help the series’ protagonist, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison).
Sydney-based Noble will surface this week in episode six and will appear a couple of more times this year before his character is developed in 2014.
Nobel says he was invited to play Parrish by Sleepy Hollow’s co-creator Alex Kurtzman, who was the cocreator and executive producer of Fringe.
‘‘Alex Kurtzman called and said it was written with me in mind. It’s a tailor-made role and it sounded really interesting. It’s a recurring role with some episodes this season and more next season.’’
Noble says Kurtzman’s inquiry could not have come at a more opportune time, as he’d just returned to live in Sydney and then Fringe ended late last year.
It’s been a busy year for Noble, who has voiced three animated productions and appeared in several local TV series as well as the Aussie movie The Mule.
And, despite appearing in Sleepy Hollow and being offered episodic roles in the US, Noble says he and his wife Penny will not be packing up to move there permanently.
‘‘What we want to do is spend half our time at home and go back when the work is on. We’ve been back here since Christmas now and I’m only home for a week and then I go back to New York to Sleepy Hollow for the rest of the year.’’
Sleepy Hollow screens Wednesdays at 10pm on Ten and Ten SC.