MOLLY Meldrum’s 2011 fall from his roof features early in the miniseries.
“It might sound a little insensitive but I relished shooting that scene,” Johnson says. “I loved having the prosthetics on to look like the older Molly. I actually loved being the older Molly because that’s the Molly I know better. It felt more foreign for me to play Mol as a 34-year-old because I didn’t know him then.”
Meldrum and Johnson watched an early cut of the miniseries last year, although the TV icon couldn’t watch the re-creation of the accident that left him in an induced coma.
“I had to turn away,” Meldrum admits.
“It’s quite brutal,” Johnson says. “It’s pretty graphic. When his head hits the ground I certainly jumped in my chair watching it. It felt like I was walking through history doing that scene and to me that was a privilege.”