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He’s cur­rently play­ing a top footy player on our screens, but Ge­orge Pullar takes on a dif­fer­ent type of cham­pion in his lat­est role.

The Gold Coast na­tive, who stars in Ten’s Aussie rules soap Play­ing For Keeps, por­trays a young sol­dier bat­tling with the ef­fects of war and the army’s in­su­lar cul­ture in Fox­tel’s drama Fight­ing Sea­son.

The six-part drama fol­lows a pla­toon of sol­diers that re­turns from Afghanistan af­ter a con­tro­ver­sial mis­sion, one marred by bit­ter mis­takes and cover-ups, the un­fold­ing mys­tery of what re­ally hap­pened, and the im­pact keep­ing this se­cret has on them and their fam­i­lies.

Award-win­ning direc­tor Kate Woods re­turns to Aus­tralia af­ter a decade in the US work­ing on shows such as Law and Or­der SVU, Nashville and Suits to helm the se­ries, which is writ­ten by Blake Aysh­ford ( Bar­racuda).

“This story and show doesn’t pro­vide an­swers, but it asks good ques­tions like, what do we ex­pect of our ser­vice­men and women?” Pullar says.

“The story will give a voice to the Aus­tralian De­fence Force – both those serv­ing and those who have served – and high­light that very of­ten these hu­mans are put in very in­hu­mane sit­u­a­tions and ex­pected to deal with it and move on.

“The big­gest thing I hope peo­ple take out of this is war is very com­pli­cated not just on a na­tional level but also on a per­sonal level. It pro­vides great pur­pose for peo­ple but at the same time it can ir­repara­bly dam­age their lives.”

Pullar plays Pri­vate Jar­rod Vo­gel, a young man from a wealthy fam­ily that doesn’t ap­prove of his ca­reer choice.

“Jar­rod is a young guy who has left a world he’s known to be fa­mil­iar and safe and found a pas­sion and pur­pose for him­self,” he says.

“He re­ally wants that re­spect and ap­pre­ci­a­tion a lot of young peo­ple de­sire when they’re get­ting into their ca­reers.

“He’s gone out there and do­ing some­thing as self­less as join­ing the army and his par­ents don’t even give him an ounce of that re­spect or ap­pre­ci­a­tion for do­ing it.

“His mum is just fear­ful for him, and his dad fun­da­men­tally dis­agrees with war it­self and what the Aus­tralian Army is do­ing.

“He comes from a place of priv­i­lege, but none­the­less he’s had a dif­fi­cult up­bring­ing and you’ll see that as the se­ries pans out.”

He and his co-stars Jay Ryan, Marco Alo­sio, Ju­lian Maroun and Ewen Leslie went through a boot­camp run by cur­rent and for­mer ser­vice­men to pre­pare for film­ing.

“They ran us through a crash course in things like weapon fa­mil­iari­sa­tion, weapon drills, ap­proach­ing build­ings, work­ing as a group,” he says.

“We re­ally felt like sol­diers at the end of that week.”

Fight­ing Sea­son pre­mieres on Fox­tel’s Show­case Chan­nel on Sun­day at 7.30pm

Pic­ture: NICK WIL­SON

The tal­ented Ge­orge Pullar stars in new Fox­tel se­ries Fight­ing Sea­son.

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