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Interview: LACHY HULME
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Bill (Jett) Ramey

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For the last year and a half or so, an unknown Australian actor named Lachy Hulme was rumored to be in the running for the part of The Joker in the upcoming BATMAN BEGINS sequel, THE DARK KNIGHT. Hulme, best known for his role as “Sparks” in the MATRIX films, achieved a sort of cult following among Batman fans on the Net.

Hulme was also the focus of many a Batman-related rumor: He was a huge Batman fan. He met with Warner Bros. He met with producers. He did a screentest for The Joker. Etc., etc.

So what is truth and what is in fact BS? In my exclusive interview with Mr. Hulme, you will find out.

The following is Mr. Hulme’s bio from IMDB.COM:

Striking, intense actor from Australia. A leading man with both strong dramatic range and ample comic timing, Lachy Hulme broke into movies by writing Canadian action/drama Men with Guns (1997), a bloody tale of friendship and revenge directed by Kari Skogland.

Following numerous guest appearances on Australian television and many ‘fringe’ theatre productions, he starred as ‘Carl’ in the little-seen thriller Four Jacks (2000), a perfect role that combined his natural intensity with a dark, violent streak. He won the Best Actor Award at the 2001 Melbourne Underground Film Festival as a result.

Known for being very private, he does interviews when promoting a movie, but he never discusses his relationships or family. After Four Jacks, he re-teamed with writer/director Matthew George for a change of pace, the light-hearted adventure Let's Get Skase (2001), starring as real-life sleazebag turned kidnapper Peter Dellasandro. Based on a true story, the film was attacked by Australian critics for being in ‘bad taste’ at the time of its release. Hulme fought valiantly for the film, often attacking its critics in television and radio interviews, and the controversy boosted his profile considerably.

He soon landed roles opposite Steve Irwin in The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course (2002) and in the video game ‘Enter the Matrix’ (2003).

A few weeks ago, once the dust had settled due to Heath Ledger being cast as The Joker, I thought that it would be cool to interview a few of the people who were "in the running," so to speak. I contacted Mr. Hulme's reps via email, and a few days later, the interview was OK'ed.

(UPDATED 9/3/06) In my interview with Mr. Hulme, among other things he talks about:

How he got into the action biz…

His previous films and the upcoming MACBETH

His work on THE MATRIX films…

How he got into the mix for the part of The Joker and whether or not he did a screentest…

Being a Batman fan…

How HE would have portrayed The Joker if he had won the part…


What he thought about the “Burton/Schumacher” Bat-films…

The Toronto Film Festival (which is featuring MACBETH)…

What he has coming up in the future…

And, he has a message for all those who supported him for The Joker.

"Jett" is the founder and editor-in-chief of BATMAN ON FILM and ON-FILM.NET.

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