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Box Seat with Lachy Hulme

Australian actor Lachy Hulme talks to Matt Burgess about his favourite television series M*A*S*H.

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Lachy Hulme took on the central role in the successful mini-series Howzat! Kerry Packer's War and starred as miner Todd Russell in Beaconsfield. He also plays Dr Martin Clegg in Ten's comedy-drama Offspring.

Favourite TV series: M*A*S*H

What is your favourite episode?

Series 1, episode 7: "Bananas, Crackers And Nuts", written by Burt Styler. Anything anybody ever needed to get out of homework, jury duty, or dinner with the in‐laws, is contained in this episode.

It's the rule book on how to act "crazy" in order to avoid responsibility, which is always helpful.

Who is your favourite character?

The mind‐bogglingly paranoid CIA agent Colonel Sam Flagg, played by Edward Winter.

He only appeared in seven episodes over the 11 series, but any man who proudly states that "nobody can get the truth out of me because even I don't know what it is - I keep myself in a constant state of utter confusion" goes to the front of the queue. Rumour has it that Flagg went on to become an advisor to the George W. Bush administration (incognito, of course).

Which character did you always want to be?

Trapper John - or should I say, Dr John Francis Xavier McIntyre, MD.

Trapper remains the ultimate poster boy for any trouble-making, heavy-drinking, practical-joke-making smart-arse aspirant. And let's face it: any guy who gets his nickname from getting caught having sex with a woman in the toilet cubicle of a moving train can't be all that bad.

Why do you love the show now?

The themes still resonate (the anti‐authority ethos and, more importantly, the anti‐war creed), but the sheer bravura of the writing and acting has made it, justifiably, the most popular and enduring TV show of all time.

Plus, I've ruthlessly plundered all the best one-liners from M*A*S*H over the past 30‐odd years and claimed them as my own in order to impress women. So there's that.

Could M*A*S*H ever be remade?

It could be remade, but it would take a complete and utter fool to do it (see below).

If so, who would you cast?

Me in every single role - including writer, director and producer, obviously (see above).

What current show is it like?

Is Brynne: My Bedazzled Life too much of a stretch?


• Howzat! Kerry Packer's War
is now available on DVD and Blu-Ray