THE LAST WORD... ‘ You could go to the gym, get your teeth fixed and make a mil­lion dol­lars do­ing ’ tent-pole [block­buster] films


The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - WATCH ON PRESTO - WithHol­lyByrnes

“I DIDN’T want to be a TV ac­tor, but then tele­vi­sion changed, and the qual­ity and the depth of writ­ing in it just ex­panded.

All of a sud­den you re­alise in so many ways it’s more like theatre than film was, be­cause in­de­pen­dent film and those main­stream dra­mas just dis­ap­peared overnight. No one wanted to fund them. You’re left with the choice to do theatre, where you get paid in ap­plause; or you could go to the gym, get your teeth fixed and make a mil­lion dol­lars do­ing tent-pole [block­buster] films, which I have thought about. It would only take me three months to build up all my weight, get fake teeth and then it’s pretty much as­sured that if you can open your mouth and mum­ble, you’re go­ing to be a star in film. You just have to have 100 per cent com­mit­ment. And then there’s TV where you have to play a char­ac­ter, ex­plore a char­ac­ter and a story.

With Rec­tify, there’s prob­a­bly no bet­ter ex­am­ple than that … it’s not episodic tele­vi­sion where I’m do­ing the same sto­ry­line each week with dif­fer­ent names.

It’s a very en­gag­ing story struc­ture so that’s ex­cit­ing. When it first came through I said, ‘No, this is not go­ing to work’.

I read about five pages of it and it’s the set up to get­ting to death row and it just seemed a lot of in­for­ma­tion com­ing out and a lot of ex­po­si­tion.

Es­sen­tially I just wanted to fo­cus on any­thing that was go­ing to be im­mer­sive. I had three scripts ready to go [pro­duce and di­rect] and if I just put my foot down and said, ‘This is what I am go­ing to do’ I knew I had two-and-a-half to three years’ work in front to me.

As op­posed to walk­ing around the mar­kets in Bangkok [where he was film­ing a guest role in The Fi­nal Recipe] go­ing, ‘Oh it’s nice, but I don’t want to spend my life as a tourist’. Then I read it and thought, I don’t want to go to LA and it’s a lit­tle bit ex­po­si­tional … so I’ll just let it go.

But it baf­fled me and started to haunt me, so I put some­thing down on tape and im­me­di­ately the re­sponse came back, ‘We want you to come to New York’. REC­TIFY TUES­DAY, 10.30PM, SBS

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