With a credit list as long as your arm, Stephen Curry remains that rare creature among performers – a seriously talented actor with a sense of humour and a genuinely affable presence. In fact, according to one recent profile, he’s commonly known among colleagues as ‘Australia’s nicest guy in showbiz.’ From his iconic Aussie appearance as the young suburban narrator of The Castle (‘Dad, I dug another hole!’) to his AFI Award-winning performance as television host extraordinaire Graham Kennedy in The King (2007), Curry has been friendly and familiar part of the Australian screen landscape for some time. Of course we have to mention his wonderful appearance as host at the AFI Awards in 2008, when he helped us celebrate our 50th Anniversary.
Most recently, Curry been seen on television in a variety of comic and serious roles. It was a treat to catch him playing an unfortunate cockatoo in SBS’s blackly comic Wilfred. Then there was his turn as the lovable ne’er-do-well Sam Pickles in mini-series adaptation of Cloudstreet; and as McBaney in the advertising satire :30 Seconds. In recent year’s, Curry has also become well known for his continually shrinking and expanding frame – having to diet down to jockey weight seven times in the stop-and-start lead up to playing the Melbourne Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver, whose dramatic win in 2002 is the subject of the feature film The Cup.
Here Stephen Curry answers our Quick Quiz with good humour and a touch of silliness – but notice he’s serious when it comes to naming and praising his mentors.
- What is your favorite word? Gruntled. The opposite of disgruntled. i.e: Worked at a soup kitchen today and boy did it add to my general feeling of gruntlement.
- What is your least favorite word? Panties
- What turns you on? Dexter from Perfect Match.
- What turns you off? Being stabbed repeatedly in the chest with a large hunting knife.
- What sound or noise do you love? The sweet warbling of doves.
- What sound or noise do you hate? The voices in my head.
- What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I think I’d make an astonishing flautist.
- What profession would you not like to do? Being the guy that has to gather all the information every time I do a google search.
- The last film or DVD you watched? Snowtown.
- The film that changed you, and why? Gigli. I decided then and there that I never want to be in a film like Gigli.
- Your guilty television pleasure? Jerseylicious. Frankie is a genius. I love him and his enormous head.
- Complete this sentence: The thing I love about working in the Australian film and television industry is…That it stops me from working at a drive-thru.
- Three key mentors who’ve inspired or helped you? Matthew Saville (Australia’s best director), Katherine Dodd (Australia’s best agent), Lachie Daddo (Australia’s best Daddo).
The Cup is in general release from 13 October, 2011. The Cup is one of the Feature Films in Competition for the inaugural Samsung AACTA Awards.
*Bernard Pivot is a journalist, interviewer and host of French cultural television programs. He developed a list of questions based on Proust’s famous questionnaire. This then formed the basis of James Lipton’s questions to actors on American cable television program Inside the Actors Studio.
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