Play­ing col­league ‘creepy’

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1. What can we ex­pect from you in

I sup­pose you can ex­pect me to do some act­ing, or try to act. It’s weird, be­cause I’m play­ing another jour­nal­ist who I work with some­times. I hope he doesn’t see it. Or maybe I do? God, I don’t know. It’s a bit creepy, isn’t it, play­ing a col­league?

2. How are you pre­par­ing for the role of John Campbell?

I am mainly prep­ping by watch­ing Campbell Live ev­ery night. I record his in­tro­duc­tions to each story and play them back mul­ti­ple times. I’ve also copied the record­ing onto my dis­c­man and I go to sleep each night lis­ten­ing to his voice. I am just hop­ing this will sink into my brain so when it comes to show time I can just mag­i­cally be him. Ba­si­cally: I am just go­ing to im­i­tate his voice.

3. When was your first foray into act­ing?

I acted in a show that’s com­ing out on TV1 next year, Short Pop­pies. I made it with my friend Rhys Darby. It wasn’t too much of a stretch, be­cause I was play­ing my­self. I just had lines to learn. It was like the psy­cho­log­i­cal equiv­a­lent of go­ing over lines be­fore a date.

4. Are you a Scrooge or a Tiny Tim at Christ­mas?

Hum­bug all the way. De­cem­ber 25 is also my birth­day, so I’ve led a life of be­ing ripped off with Christ­mas presents. ‘‘This present is for your Christ­mas AND birth­day’’ and all that rot. Hum­bug.

5. Who played favourite Scrooge?

It’s gotta be Bill [Mur­ray in

your Scrooged]. I do a pod­cast on iTunes called Far­rier’s Phone where the en­tire rea­son be­hind it is to have a con­ver­sa­tion with Bill Mur­ray. One day.

6. What would the ghosts of Christ­mas Past, Present and Fu­ture show you?

I don’t even know where to start. I’ve al­ways wanted to see a ghost. I’m quite into the para­nor­mal but have never had any first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence. The past ghost would show a kid an­noyed he wasn’t get­ting two presents. Present would be me sit­ting here talk­ing to you. The fu­ture, well hope­fully one sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful kit­tens and a shirt­less Jeff Gold­blum.

7. How are you at giv­ing presents? Any last minute Christ­mas shop­ping dis­as­ters?

I al­ways do my shop­ping on Christ­mas Eve at St Lukes. It’s a mad­house – it’s like go­ing on a theme-park ride.

8. What would you buy John Campbell for Christ­mas? I’d bake him a pavlova. 9. Strangest gift you have ever re­ceived at Christ­mas?

Some­one once gave me a paint­ing of my­self. It wasn’t a joke and it was aw­ful.

10. What’s your Christ­mas?

It’s Piha with my friends.


Bah hum­bug: TV3 jour­nal­ist David Far­rier will be play­ing his col­league John Campbell in A Base­ment Christ­mas Carol.

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