Iconic Aussie ac­tor in town:

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRIS MCMA­HON

WHEN Aus­tralian screen leg­end Michael Ca­ton was handed his latest big screen role, some­one had to tell him he wasn’t dreamin’.

The iconic Aus­tralian ac­tor is back on the big screen in a far more dra­matic role than fans of his lar­rikin char­ac­ters in The Castle and Packed to the Rafters would know and love.

In Last Cab to Dar­win, Ca­ton plays Rex, a Bro­ken Hill cab driver who is told he has ter­mi­nal can­cer.

De­cid­ing he wants to die on his own terms, he packs up and jumps in his cab and heads to Dar­win, where he can legally be eu­thanised.

But the story is much more than that – it is at its core, a love story, a dark com­edy full of “should I laugh at that?” mo­ments.

Ca­ton was in Townsville yesterday with di­rec­tor Jeremy Sims pro­mot­ing the film he says is one of his finest.

“I must ad­mit, at my age ... you tend to think about this stuff ( dy­ing) more than you did ear­lier, it was in my mind all the time,” the 72- year- old said.

“It wasn’t like one of my com­edy roles, where you walk away and that’s that. This film had a bit of a resid­ual ef­fect.” Ca­ton said play­ing Rex was one of his great­est roles, be­ing the cen­tral char­ac­ter with such an emo­tive story.

“At my age to get a role, so in the cen­tre of the film, and it’s prob­a­bly the most dra­matic thing I’ve ever done.”

Sims said the film had some won­der­ful land­scapes and a lot of depth.

“This film has made au­di­ences re­act so strongly ... I may not have the chance to make a film so per­sonal as this again,” Sims said.

Last Cab to Dar­win opens Au­gust 6.

Pic­ture: FIONA HARD­ING

EMO­TIVE STORY: Di­rec­tor Jeremy Sims and ac­tor Michael Ca­ton in Townsville.

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