HAPPY PLAY­ING THE FOOL

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - News - By Colin Vick­ery

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.”

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