THE LAST WORD... ‘ Eventually my moment in the sun will ringing ’ fade and the phone will stop
WITH RODGER CORSER, THEDOCTORBLAKEMYSTERIES
“I took the role of Chief Superintendent Frank Carlyle on The Doctor Blake Mysteries because it is a really well made drama and I hadn’t really worked in the murdermystery genre before. It was all very new. It was a surprise to me just how popular the show is. I had seen Doctor Blake before but I wasn’t aware how good its ratings are. They’re knocking it out of the park. They’ve got a really loyal fan base. I’ve played coppers before but in the late 1950s and early ’60s Australia was a very different and more conservative place. It was interesting to explore that. I hadn’t worked with Craig McLachlan before. He is a lot of fun on set. He has probably the greatest workload I’ve seen of any actor in a TV show. Even when I’ve worked with Asher
(Keddie) before on Party Tricks we got days off. But Craig is lucky to get a scene off. He gets lots of dialogue – those great speeches he does to wrap up cases at the end of each episode. They are sometimes two or three pages long. But he comes to work with it all there. He has got an incredible energy on set. He keeps the crew going and creates an enjoyable atmosphere.
They have had a few chief superintendents on the show and they were looking to bring a different energy this time. Carlyle’s professional relationship with Lucien Blake is different from what we’ve seen before. Carlyle is a bit less establishment. His attitude is “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”. He knows that Blake sticks his nose in (to murder investigations) but he gets results. So he is quite happy for that to continue. Craig and I mucked around a little bit because these guys are friendly. Frank is a widower which he has in common with Lucien. They have both served (in the military during World War II). The war is still fresh in their memories and affects their lives. It creates camaraderie.
My family (wife Renae, children Budd, Cilla and Dillon plus teenage daughter Zipporah from an earlier relationship with singer Christine Anu) is always a priority. You balance your career decisions around that. I’m too old and have too many responsibilities. LA is always in the mix. If I get a role we can go over there. I have an agent and a manager and I’m always in the loop. I think the thing about that is just to build a great body of work here so they can’t ignore you anymore.
I’ve been really lucky with the amount of different roles and regular work over the past four or five years (including Party Tricks, The Beautiful Lie and Glitch). I’ll ride that wave until it finishes. I realise that eventually my moment in the sun will fade and the phone will stop ringing to be on camera as much. The idea is to still be involved in the industry. I’m beginning to write a little bit – to get some of my ideas and bring them to the screen (as a producer).”