HAPPY PLAYING THE FOOL
IF the makers of Offspring ever release a bloopers tape, chances are pretty much every one of its scenes-gone-wrong will feature Asher Keddie and Lachy Hulme.
Hulme plays the quirky Dr Martin Clegg on the Channel 10 dramedy and the role is a world away from the heavy dramas of Beaconsfield, Gallipoli, and Howzat: Kerry Packer’s War.
Hulme gives the most overtly comedic performance of any of the show’s cast. He wants to have fun, and Keddie is usually the butt of his jokes.
“To make Asher laugh while the cameras are rolling is my mission on the show,” Hulme says. “If I can make Asher lose her s--- in a scene I go home a happy man.
“I make notes. I think, ‘I might be able to get her on this one (scene) today’. I often say to other cast members, ‘ Watch it, she’ll lose it in this take’.
“Asher and I feed off each other. She gives as good as she gets. She comes in prepped for me too.
“It could be just a look and she’s an excellent squeaker – she can do a comedy squeak which she knows will set me off.
“It got to a point last season where we were making each other laugh so hard during dramatic scenes that we had to stop looking at each other.”