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Posted 28 May 2013 - 08:47 PM
Liev was approached to play shark hunter Trevor because as Jerry Zucker explains ”he’s a perfectionist.” He knew that Liev would not take the role unless he felt he could get it spot on. It is a big challenge for an American actor to play such an Australian character in an Australian film, surrounded by an all Australian cast. Jerry was reassured they had made the right decision when Liev walked on to the set with his scar and hair, he really felt like a shark hunter. “He’s a great actor, the cool thing about Liev is he’s got this power and presence, but he can also break your heart. That’s really an important part of Trevor, the shark hunter in this film.”
When Liev got the offer, he thought they were out of their minds “why on earth would they want to hire an American to play Trev? The idea of doing an Australian accent in front of a bunch of Australians was really terrifying to me, and I think that got me excited about playing the part. It felt like a challenge that I wasn’t entirely sure I could pull off (laughs). Whenever I feel that way it’s kind of engaging and interesting for me. And also there’s the fact that I was just grateful too, you know, finally take a role from an Aussie instead of it being the other way around!”
Trevor is a Shark Hunter, who tours with his own show of various ‘Damian Hirst’ style sharks, including one that he claims ate Harold Holt. At the shark show he employs Coral Moochmore as the receptionist and over the course of time they develop a friendship and he becomes her protector…
Here is more information on the movie Mental plus the link to the official website is below.
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