A quick chat with Rodger Corser
The star of Doctor Doctor talks character flaws, faking medical procedures and filming in Mudgee
How does it feel to be stepping back in to Hugh’s shoes?
It’s good. He’s fun to play with and gets to do a lot of naughty things that you can’t get away with in real life so it’s fun to step inside his shoes. He’s a brilliant guy — he’s also brilliantly awed so a lot more fun than a goody-two-shoes character.
Do you do any preparation for the surgeries Hugh performs in the show?
No, the nature of Aussie telly — everything is very quick so we haven’t got time. YouTube’s got a lot of videos on these operations, which is really quite handy and gory. One of the scenes, we actually had a surgeon in so we used his hands as a hand double for some close-ups of some suturing but then he also showed me the actions [for sewing stitches]. What do you get up to in Mudgee [in country NSW] when you’re not filming? When we’re not actually lming, they’re long hours so a lot of people just go straight home to bed but Mudgee’s a great food and wine region so there’s some great little wine bars and cafes and places out there when we do sometimes stay over the weekend to work a Saturday. I think some of the [cast and crew] give karaoke a crack on a Friday night!
If you could play any other character besides Hugh, who would you like to play for a day?
You know, I tell you what, Charles Wu [who plays] Ken. He is a stud muffin this year, out of the blue. He’s competing with Hugh. I think he’s actually surpassed Hugh with the amount of interest he has from the ladies this year. That’s not a word of a lie, he gets some great stuff this year — it’s hilarious.
What was your favourite scene to shoot this season?
I do love it when the family all get together. There’s a great dynamic there with Hugh, I think. With the family he’s got such different relationships [with each member] and you throw it all into the big smelting pot together in a dinner-party scene. TVS
‘BRILLIANT GUY’ Rodger Corser is pleased that his character, Hugh, is “a lot more fun than a goody-twoshows character”.