Moviehole (Aus), February 22, 2002

The Matrix Reloaded

I caught up with Australian actor Lachy Hulme today and we got talking about his two current roles, the anticipated "Matrix Reloaded" and "Crocodile Hunter : Collission Course". Now while we will have to wait quite a bit longer for these movies to be released (they're still in production) Hulme shed some light on both the film's highlight, plot and characters.

"I've got a very modest role in both films (The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions), with my workload expanding marginally in the last of the trilogy. I'd like to point out, however, that the role I wanted had already been filled by that upstart Laurence Fishburne, so I had to make do with this part. I play "Sparks", the computer operator on The Logos. He's not quite "Morpheus", but he is the best damn typist in the business", he says. "What Can I say? It's the Wachowski Brother's world, and we're just living in it. Scene 41 was my favourite" he teased.

Additionally, he's playing a character in the Crocodile Hunter movie. "I play "Bob Wheeler", a CIA agent who's on the trail of Steve Irwin. He's a parody of the standard Hollywood tough guy, a sort of macho cliche who we had great fun putting through the meat grinder as the film went on. I played him very tongue-in-cheek, but I did do all of my own stunts, so even though we're sending-up this action hero-type character, there is an edge of reality there." says Hulme. "There's been a rumour floating around for months that John Travolta -- who's apparently a huge "Crocodile Hunter" fan -- desperately wanted to play "Wheeler" in the movie, and that I somehow "beat him out" for the role. That's absolute bullshit. John Stainton, the director, and Judi Bailey, the producer, always wanted Australian actors for every role. They fought for it, and MGM finally agreed. So to answer your question, there will be no cameos from Arnold Schwarzenegger or Eddie Murphy or any of the other big Hollywood stars whose names have been connected to the project. The only legitimate Hollywood connection is Bruce Willis, who executive produced the movie with his partner, Arnold Rifkin, but not even Bruce is in the film. It's just Steve and Terri Irwin, myself, Magda Szubanski, and a whole bunch of other Aussies filling out the cast. And we were more than happy to let MGM pay us for the privilege."

Hulme also told Moviehole about a scene a little too close for comfort. "During one sequence, Steve Irwin dangles a live, two-meter King Brown snake about ten inches from my face. It was all very Freudian." Thanks to Lachy Hulme. Look out for an exclusive Interview very soon coinciding with the video release of "Lets Get Skase".

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