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Joel Tobeck: On playing the bad guys...

Interview – 2010

Actor Joel Tobeck has played a range of ‘off-centre’ roles from a drug addict to a "bastard in a wheelchair". He has appeared in TV shows Shortland Street, Lawless, Hercules, This is Not My Life and (after this interview) Sons of Anarchy, as well as movies Topless Women Talk About Their Lives and Little Fish.

In this ScreenTalk, Tobeck talks about:

  • Learning about acting from director Niki Caro, on TV's The Summer the Queen Came
  • Loving his role in the TV show and movie versions of Topless Women Talk About Their Lives
  • Playing a "bastard in a wheelchair" in Shortland Street
  • Having to ‘step up’ his acting for series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
  • The intensity of working on the set of Channelling Baby
  • Why shooting the seance scene made him doubt his role in the film
  • Having to do bad impressions for Taika Waititi on offbeat movie Eagle vs Shark
  • Trying new approaches while playing the bad guy on TV drama This is Not My Life
  • His ambitions for the future

This video was first uploaded on 26 October 2010, and is available under this Creative Commons licence. This licence is limited to use of ScreenTalk interview footage only and does not apply to any video content and photographs from films, television, music videos, web series and commercials used in the interview.

Interview, Camera and Editing – Andrew Whiteside