HULME IN FAMILIAR NEW ROLE
Character actor Lachy Hulme has portrayed media mogul Kerry Packer as well as his fearsome father Sir Frank, among many other roles, but just as nerve-racking was stepping in front of the camera to play himself. Well, an exaggerated, egotistical version of himself anyway.
“Shaun Micallef rang me one day and said he was doing this new show and wanted me to appear in an episode as myself,” Hulme explains of his cameo in The Ex-PM this week. “I thought I had better say yes because who else would do me?”
The ABC comedy follows fictional former prime minister Andrew Dugdale, played by Micallef – a man with plenty of time on his hands, and no interest in spending any of it writing his memoir.
This week, a network wants to turn the to-be-written book into a telemovie and Hulme is floated as its possible star.
“I don’t want to over-egg the pudding, but in terms of show business, it’s an incredible compliment to be asked to take the p--- out of yourself,” Hulme laughs. “It’s me, but not really me – a parody of the typical a--hole actor. It was very, very fun to film. I loved it.”
But there was plenty of anxiety about playing himself in the lead up to shooting the episode, Hulme admits.
In the end, he “just went with the flow” and says he’s happy with the final result.
The opportunity came right in the middle of the actor’s yearlong break from performing.
“I was so burnt out,” Hulme recalls. “I’d been through a very busy stretch and needed a break. But this was a fun interruption of that.”
Hulme says he’ll keep busy in the new year with plenty of roles on the horizon.
“My dance card next year is already full. I’m back as Martin Clegg on Offspring obviously and then I’m off to Sydney to a show with Rose Byrne at Sydney Theatre Company.”
Lachy Hulme plays himself in The Ex-PM.