UGLY EM­BRACE

FOR TV AC­TOR

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Weekly Life - By JU­LIAN WRIGHT

GO­ING ugly in Mon­ster won glam­orous Char­l­ize Theron an Os­car, and could lead to plau­dits for Leed­erville ac­tor Liam Gra­ham.

The hand­some 28-year-old shaved his hair, donned grubby-look­ing clothes, wore pim­ple make-up and twisted his fa­cial ex­pres­sions to bring to life his bo­gan char­ac­ter Damo in 2014’s The Legend of Gavin Tanner web se­ries

The se­ries was cre­ated by Matt Lovkis, who stars as Gavin Tanner and co-stars Emily Rose Bren­nan.

Gra­ham slipped back into the char­ac­ter ear­lier this year to film a half-hour pi­lot of the show for ABC, which will air on Wed­nes­day, May 11 at 9pm, with hopes of be­ing picked up as a TV se­ries.

“This is the first time I have come back to a char­ac­ter I have played be­fore,” Gra­ham said.

“There were ex­tra nerves be­cause the web se­ries was suc­cess­ful; some as­pects were tricky be­cause we had new cast mem­bers, which made the en­ergy on set dif­fer­ent.

“I stayed in char­ac­ter all day, so my jaw did hurt a lot af­ter a 10-hour day on the set.”

His good looks worked against him at first, with the part al­most go­ing to some­one else.

“I did not look like what they were af­ter,” he said. “I had to un­dergo a trans­for­ma­tion and just kept send­ing the ugli­est self­ies to the pro­duc­ers.

“But the hair and make-up was half the char­ac­ter, so I have to share the credit with Kate Anderson for Damo.”

Gra­ham em­braced the comedic role with open arms af­ter be­ing type­cast in dra­mas.

“I have looked into com­edy in the last four years,” he said.

“Be­fore, I al­ways seemed to be pegged as the tor­tured, dark soul.”

Damo is in con­trast to his WA Screen Acad­emy award-nom­i­nated role in web se­ries Green­field, which was re­cently up for a Webby Award.

You can watch the pi­lot of The Legend of Gavin Tanner on iView at http://ab.co/1SYOIub and vote for it to be made into a se­ries.

Pic­ture: Court McAl­lis­ter

Liam Gra­ham (cen­tre) as Damo in The Legend of Gavin Tanner.

Liam Gra­ham.

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