Erik shakes off Rafters role
FOR his first role since leaving Packed to the Rafters, Erik Thomson (below) wanted to try something very different.
His role as Inspector Villani in dark drama The Broken Shore is a far cry from Dave Rafter in appearance and personality.
“Villani is a very, very different character,” says Thomson
“It has been a really welcome change. I spent 122 episodes as Dave, in all his nice, suburban man way. You get comfortable in that, putting on his everyday clothes. It is nice to do something that reminds you, you are an actor and not a persona. When you come out of a show like Rafters, you don’t really know how the industry perceives you. It’s nice to come in and do something different and swear a little bit – selectively – they don’t do much of that in suburban Australia.” Thomson made a conscious decision to give himself a break from principal roles after Rafters finished for good.
“But to be offered such a good role I was relieved I was still seen as having my credibility intact and hopefully after doing this it still will be.” Thomson says The Broken
Shore makes for challenging viewing.
“It does expose the ugly and very deeply ingrained racism which exists in this country, and in the police force it’s quite uneasy,” he says.
“It is very adult and as much as it will be compelling to watch it, will make for uneasy viewing in places.
“This is the sort of stuff we should be doing in this country and the ABC is continuing to do it.”