HULME IN FA­MIL­IAR NEW ROLE

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY -

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.

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