Kwan­ten lives the dream

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

DON­NING a full black rub­ber suit and run­ning around the streets of Syd­ney play­ing su­per­heroes for his l at­est role was t he ful­fill­ment of a child­hood fan­tasy for ac­tor Ryan Kwan­ten.

But it was a con­fus­ing sight for the late night rev­ellers he came across dur­ing the shoot on new Aussie com­edy Griff The In­vis­i­ble.

Kwan­ten stars as Griff, a geeky young of­fice clerk who spends his day be­ing tor­mented by the of­fice bully and his nights run­ning around the streets of Syd­ney kapow­ing crim­i­nals in his su­per­hero get-up.

‘‘ It was, in a weird way, get­ting paid to live out your fan­tasies and the things I used to imag­ine as a child,’’ Kwan­ten said from the US where he is film­ing

t he next s ea­son of vam­pire TV se­ries

True Blood.

‘‘ Sud­denly I’m in this man’s body, stand­ing on the cor­ner of Sus­sex St ( in Syd­ney’s CBD) in a su­per­hero out­fit at three in the morn­ing while peo­ple we r e com­ing out of the pub and look­ing at me mys­ti­fied think­ing that I was protec ting t he city,’’ he laughs. ‘‘ I think they were a lit­tle tipsy. ‘ Oh, so this is why we’re so well looked-af­ter – this guy, on the street cor­ner’.’’

Griff The In­vis­i­ble is the first fea­ture from writer/ di­rec­tor Leon Ford who came up with the idea for the film while watch­ing a young boy play­ing su­per­heroes on his own while his par­ents chat­ted in a cafe.

‘‘ He looked like he was hav­ing so much fun, and I thought I’d love to be do­ing that, but if I did I’d be ar­rested and have no friends,’’ Ford said

‘ ‘ Then I thought , what if a guy my age was do­ing that – what are the im­pli­ca­tions? Would he be os­tracised?’’

Griff The In­vis­i­ble is re­leased in Aus­tralian cin­e­mas on Thurs­day.

Ryan Kwan­ten in a scene from Griff The In­vis­i­ble

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