The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Columnist - with EWEN LESLIE

Ac­tors have been known to pad that “spe­cial skills” sec­tion of the CV. Ever been tempted? Out of act­ing school, I put “mime” on the list and wound up in an au­di­tion for a car com­mer­cial, “sit­ting” with­out a chair. Didn’t get it, but I also didn’t get a lot of the non-mime jobs ei­ther, so it evened out. Be­fore TV, you did a lot of Shake­speare. Can you knock out some Ham­let? I could prob­a­bly make it through two lines, but it would de­press the hell out of ev­ery­one. The guy has some bag­gage. Your new minis­eries Fight­ing Sea­son cen­tres on a pla­toon in Afghanistan. Sol­diers need to be highly ath­letic and very fit. How many push-ups can you do? Maybe I’d get to 40 or 50. Am I over­shoot­ing it there, do you think? The young guys I acted with were su­per-fit. I met them, did boot camp, came back… and they were even fit­ter. How would you go as a real sol­dier? More Rambo or Tropic Thun­der? Oh, Tropic Thun­der, ab­so­lutely. Boot camp helped, but it made me re­alise how hope­lessly un­pre­pared my body was for what lay ahead. Fight­ing Sea­son pre­mieres 8.30pm tonight on Fox­tel’s Fox Show­case.

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