Kwanten lives the dream
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
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‘‘ 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