Ac­tor hooks into ‘nas­ti­ness’ of role

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Sara Fitz­patrick

IGOR Sas is chan­nelling his in­ner bad boy.

With a men­ac­ing mous­tache and hook for a hand, iconic scoundrel Cap­tain Hook re­quires a good dose of wicked­ness.

Luck­ily, the Perth ac­tor – who per­forms the role in pan­tomime Peter Pan and Wendy – loves to play a vil­lain.

“It’s great fun be­ing bad and not that much fun be­ing good,” Sas said.

“In real life you have to be good, most peo­ple – un­less you’re a psy­chopath – have a nat­u­ral fil­ter; a bar­rier from go­ing over to the dark side. When you have the op­por­tu­nity to play some­one who is bad you can ex­press your­self in a way you can’t in ev­ery­day life.

“It’s like eating a lot of choco­late or ice cream – you can just go to town with­out the guilt be­cause you’ve been asked to do it.”

As sin­is­ter as Peter Pan’s arch en­emy may be, Sas re­minded us that he also had a hu­man side.

“Hook is fright­ened of dy­ing and he’s an­gry with Peter Pan for hav­ing his hand cut off,” he said.

“He’s only nasty in a very child­like way: sto­ry­book nas­ti­ness.”

Well known lo­cally for a full and lengthy ca­reer in show­biz, the af­fa­ble ac­tor be­gan his ca­reer in night­clubs as a teenager.

He and his friend per­formed as a singing duo and made good money on Fri­day and Satur­day nights ap­pear­ing af­ter the co­me­dian and be­fore the strip­per.

“See­ing my first strip­per at age 17 was an eye opener,” Sas said.

Since then he has en­joyed most suc­cess in chil­dren’s tele­vi­sion shows like Ship to Shore, Lockie Leonard and Par­al­lax.

He re­cently fin­ished film­ing Blue Dog, a pre­quel to hit Aussie movie Red Dog, in Kar­ratha, in which he played a fly­ing doc­tor.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic script and I think it’s go­ing to be bet­ter than Red Dog,” Sas said.

Sas al­ways wanted to be an en­ter­tainer but be­gan study­ing agri­cul­tural sci­ence then moved on to ar­chi­tec­ture, which led him to a pros­per­ous path de­sign­ing schools.

“While I was do­ing that I was of­fered a pro­fes­sional am­a­teur show at the Hole in The Wall The­atre and took time off work to do it and then didn’t go back,” Sas said.

“It was a big mis­take be­cause I’ve been poor ever since!”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d439696

Katie Daly, Madi­son Hale, Char­lotte Fenn, Iso­bel Fin­nie, Scar­lett O’Grady and Igor Sas in char­ac­ter.

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