Erik shakes off Rafters role

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Film Pick - WITH DEB­BIE SCHIPP

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.”

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