Marshall Napier forged a successful acting career playing strong supporting roles in a swathe of Kiwi and Aussie TV dramas and films. His numerous credits include The Governor, Goodbye Pork Pie, Came a Hot Friday, Blue Heelers, Babe, McLeod’s Daughters and Water Rats. He also has a strong pedigree in theatre, and took his own play Freak Winds to New York in 2006.
Marshall Napier died on 14 August 2022. In this ScreenTalk interview first published in October 2012, Napier talks about:
- Having only one costume to wear as Sir Richard Seddon in The Governor
- Almost driving off the road during a car chase in Goodbye Pork Pie
- Being told to smile by director Ian Mune on the set of Came a Hot Friday
- The chaotic nature of filming on Vincent Ward’s The Navigator
- How people assumed he was a real farmer after his long stint on Australian TV favourite McLeod’s Daughters
- Being directed by his nephew in I’m Not Harry Jenson
- Being surrounded by grotesque characters in Picnic at Rock Island
- Playing a hard-nosed "prick" on City Homicide
- How an actor’s life can be a tough one
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Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside
It was only the second time I'd been on camera — I'd done a few stageplays, so I was really very much of a novice. And I got handed this role of Sir Richard Seddon ... I had to do a lot of quick research because I wasn't huge on New Zealand history.
– Marshall Napier on acting in 1977 historical epic The Governor, early in this interview