The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - ByTif­fanyDunk

WHEN Shaun Mi­callef needed a “big, smi­ley-faced butcher” for a scene in this week’s episode of The Ex-PM, Shane Ja­cob­son was his first call. Given Ja­cob­son has two hit films ( The Dress­maker and Oddball) on screens, just wrapped shoot­ing on Jack Ir­ish, is a reg­u­lar on Foxtel’s Open Slather and is co­host and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer on Man Space, you’d think this was a big ask. But Ja­cob­son wouldn’t have dreamt of say­ing no to Mi­callef.

“He’s pretty much the best tele­vi­sion comic go­ing around, and if he can think of me be­ing in a role then I’d love to do it,” Ja­cob­son says.

Work­ing with Mi­callef more than lived up to ex­pec­ta­tions. “He’s very pro­fes­sional, but he also gives you the room to do your own thing,” he says.

“I’d like to think he chooses his peo­ple quite care­fully be­cause he’s al­ways sur­rounded by very good tal­ent.” Ja­cob­son should know. The 45-year-old has worked with some of the most ta­lented peo­ple in Aus­tralian film and tele­vi­sion, find­ing long-term col­lab­o­ra­tors in the process.

He cites film­maker brother Clay as his favourite per­son to work with, but his Open Slather co-star Stephen Curry is a close sec­ond.

De­spite hav­ing a US agent and pres­sure to move to fur­ther his ca­reer, Ja­cob­son is in no rush to head State­side.

With a young fam­ily (he and longterm part­ner Felic­ity Hunter have four chil­dren un­der 10) he’s loath to be away from home for long stints.

“My first job is to be a fa­ther to my kids and a part­ner to Felic­ity, and that’s my favourite job,” he says. THE EX-PM WED­NES­DAY, 9.05PM, ABC

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